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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Clean River Tips

Working for Clean Rivers

Here are some things we can all do to help keep watersheds healthy and rivers and streams clean.

  • Contain the rain on your property, and earn a discount on your stormwater bill. Learn how at or call 503-823-1371.
  • Don't litter.
  • Never pour chemicals, oils, paints or solvents in a storm drain. Go to Metro Recycling Information or call Metro at 503-234-3000 for recycling and safe disposal information.
  • Call the Spill Response Hotline at 503-823-7180 to report pollution 24 hours a day.
  • Sweep sidewalks, driveways and patios instead of hosing them down.
  • Stay on trails and keep dogs on leashes in natural areas to reduce erosion in wetlands and streams.
  • Preserve established trees and shrubs.
  • Don't let sprinkler water wash over streets and sidewalks.
  • Pick up pet waste and throw it in the garbage.
  • Drive your car less and use public transit or ride a bicycle instead.
  • Use an automatic car wash that recycles wash water and uses non-phosphate soap.