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Stormwater pollution is now our number one source of water pollution.

When it rains, pollutants from your home, car and garden wash into our rivers and streams.

Bacteria from uncollected dog waste washes into our rivers and streams.

Protect our water by picking up after your pets.

Motor oil, solvents, and soaps wash into our rivers and streams.

Protect our water by keeping car care chemicals out of storm drains.

The Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams

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The River Starts Here

Water, whether from rain or hose, carries pollutants to our rivers and streams through storm drains, ditches and more direct means. The Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams, a partnership of public agencies in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, is dedicated to educating the public about the impact of stormwater runoff pollution on the health of our rivers and streams. We can do a lot at home to reduce our impact. View the websites of our partners to get involved.


Clackamas County Water Environment Services

Clean Water Services, Washington County

Multnomah County

City of Gresham

City of Lake Oswego

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Clean Rivers and Streams

Clean Rivers and Streams added 3 new photos.Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:24am

Clackamas County students are learning how to protect our watersheds at the Celebrating Water Event at Clackamas Community College today. These kids know all about why proper disposal of doggie-doo is so important, and what water quality means for salmon #theriverstartshere

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Clean Rivers and StreamsTuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 11:28am

Homework for advanced river-lovers: Meadowscape your yard! Native prairie plants are adapted to our climate, their deep roots enhance infiltration rates, and polluting fertilizers are not needed. Detailed instructions are in the Meadowscaping Handbook https://wmswcd.org/projects/the-meadowscaping-handbook/

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Clean Rivers and StreamsWednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 4:32am

Plant native plants! They thrive without chemicals and protect water quality by slowing stormwater runoff and reducing erosion. Here’s a handy list of upcoming native plant sales from Clean Water Services. #theriverstartshere

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Clean Rivers and StreamsWednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 4:20am

The Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Event is this Saturday. Two cities, two counties, 10 locations, tons of opportunities to plant, weed and mulch for a healthier Johnson Creek. All those healthy plants will help slow and filter stormwater runoff while providing shade and habitat. #theriverstartshere http://jcwc.org/events/wwe/

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Clean Rivers and StreamsSaturday, February 25th, 2017 at 4:48am

If you have a community or neighborhood project in mind that would reduce pollution, protect water quality or enhance watershed health in East Multnomah County, there’s a grant program that could help make it a reality! After all, we’re all in it together when it comes to clean rivers and streams. #theriverstartshere

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Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 12:40am

Citizen scientists are surveying for Johnson Ck. lamprey to prioritize watershed restoration work. Cool neighbors!… https://t.co/ylXz5Y391V

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 5:45am

Explore the Columbia Slough watershed at the Slough 101 workshop with @ColumbiaSlough Sat. 3/18 #theriverstartherehttps://t.co/zYxYAfy1iX

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 5:49am

Join the Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event this Sat. in Happy Valley. Plantings for clean water! #theriverstarteshere https://t.co/NRFa8Xy2k3

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 3:50am

Plant nerds, meet river nerds! The Hardy Plant Society event on Friday will inpire planning spring plantings.… https://t.co/Oq7cDjEDZi

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 3:40am

Nice work Tualatin Riverkeepers volunteers! Those upland plantings help protect the River too. #theriverstartshere https://t.co/WwLzofgWv2


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