Over the life of a car, a great deal of maintenance is required. Keeping it clean, changing fluids and fixing leaks are all examples of necessary maintenance. You might be one of the many who maintain automobiles at home and while this is often the cheap option, car maintenance at home can have a significant impact on stormwater runoff.

As cars are washed in a driveway, the dirty water, which is filled with oils, detergents and more, may run untreated into storm drains. Eventually, the runoff will mix into local creeks on its way into Hood Canal, impacting water quality, fishing and shellfish harvest.

Don’t worry, though! You can still maintain your cars at home by following these guidelines:

Managing Stormwater

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Did You Know? Despite the gloom and doom, you CAN help manage stormwater! Stormwater management begins in your yard or at your business. Check out how to get started.

Protecting Hood Canal's Shellfish

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Did You Know? Significant amounts of stormwater can increase the risk of flooding, and once polluted, can severely impact Hood Canal's shellfish and salmon, as well as our drinking water.

Pollutants in Hood Canal

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Did You Know? Over 50,000 pounds of pollutants on average are released into the Puget Sound and Hood Canal Ecosystem every day, including oils, metals and more. (Washington State Department of Ecology (2011b). Toxics in Runoff to Puget Sound. Phase 3 Data Loads and Estimates. April 2011

Rain in Puget Sound

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Did You Know? Most of Puget Sound and Hood Canal receive over 40 inches of rain each year. Just an inch of rain over a 1-acre acre equates to over 27,000 gallons of water! That's a lot of stormwater runoff.