Your car can be Puget Sound’s friend if you stop drips in their tracks


Your car can be Puget Sound’s friend if you stop drips in their tracks

Like they say at, “every drip counts” when it comes to reducing the pollution in stormwater in the City of Tacoma and elsewhere.
Most experts agree that oils and fluids leaking from the vehicles onto roadways, parking lots and yards is one of the main contaminants in stormwater runoff that is now the main source of pollution in Commencement Bay and Puget Sound.
“Vehicles drip an estimated 7 million quarts of motor oil into the Puget Sound watershed each year,” said Jeanette Ordonez, community outreach and education coordinator for Futurewise (, a regional environmental advocacy organization.

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Through the doors of history Through the doors of history

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Whether in the ground or on a balcony or deck, there’s always room to grow your own garden-fresh produce and beautiful flowers. Space saving gardening techniques and products can help you increase productivity in any available space. Consider elevated gardens and planter carts that not only save space, but make gardens more accessible. Movable carts

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Boomers finding manufactured housing an affordable option Boomers finding manufactured housing an affordable option

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