West Coast Region Education and Outreach: Take Action

There are many little things we can do at home, school, and work to improve our community, the environment, and the waterways on which marine species depend.

Fishing

Check Your Plate

Want to know if that fish on your plate is sustainable? Interested in learning about how and who harvested it? Visit FishWatch to learn about seafood choices you can feel good about.

 

Car leak

Don’t Drip and Drive

If your vehicle is leaking, use cardboard to catch the drips until you can get them fixed. Toss the drip-stained cardboard in the trash, not your recycling bin.

 

Energy Star

Flip the Switch

Turn off lights and electronics when not in use and unplug unused electronics. When shopping for new electronics, look for the Energy Star label.

 

Green cleaning

Green Your Cleaning Routine

To keep toxins out of your home and our waterways make your own household cleaners, purchase ones that are labeled nontoxic, or look for the Safer Choice label.

 

Pharmaceuticals

Keep Salmon Off Drugs

Instead of flushing old medicines down the toilet, bring them to a drug take-back program or contact your local household hazardous waste facility for guidance.

 

Footprint

Measure Your Footprint

Take a footprint questionnaire or conduct an energy or water audit to learn how your family can reduce its water and energy footprint.

 

Trash can

Pick it Up!

If you see litter on the ground, pick it up before it becomes marine debris. Be sure to scoop pet waste before rain washes harmful bacteria into nearby waterways.

 

Bicycle

Reduce Your Transportation Footprint

Walk, bike, and take public transportation whenever possible. If you must drive, try to carpool and combine multiple errands into one trip.

 

Recycle

Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Recycle

While recycling is a key part of the Six R’s, it’s the last step in the process for a reason. To be more sustainable, we should first reduce the amount of waste we produce.

 

Habitat

Replace Your Lawn

Replace part of your lawn with native, drought-resistant plants and avoid non-native and invasive plant species. Add compost to soil and cover topsoil with mulch to improve plant health and reduce stormwater runoff.

 

Shopping bag

Waste Not, Want Not

Figure out how much food is really going to waste in your home and what you can do to shop smarter and save money on your grocery bill.

 

Water tap

Turn Off the Tap

Turn off the tap whenever possible. Wastewater from sinks, showers, bathtubs, and clothes washers—known as greywater—can be reused for landscape irrigation.

 

Car wash

Use Commercial Car Washes

Commercial car washes use minimal water and remove pollutants—such as motor oil, antifreeze, and brake pad dust—before their wastewater is discharged.

 

Volunteering

Volunteer

Want to get more involved in your community and help improve our environment? Find additional opportunities through Volunteer.gov or VolunteerMatch. To volunteer with NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, contact our education and outreach team.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on May 14, 2020