That little plastic baggie that you use to scoop up your pet's waste may be useful on the go but at home it may be excessive. Plastic bags take many years to decompose at landfills. Keep picking up the poo though, because if it is left in the yard it washes away with the rain or irrigation and into our stormwater system and streams. Yuck. Try placing the poo in the waste can without a plastic baggie, use biodegradable baggies, paper bags, or flush it!
Check out the National Tree Benefit Calculator and see the impact a single tree can make. A tree planted at home can increase your property value and provide a number of environmental benefits.
You've heard that Puget Sound is polluted, right? Think about this: nearly 75% of the pollutants in Puget Sound come from stormwater runoff. That's rainwater from roadways carrying oil and pollutants, irrigation runoff carrying pesticides and fertilizer, and soap from residential car washing.
As many as 23 pesticides have been found in Puget Sound streams - many coming from stormwater runoff from roadways and yards. These chemicals poison wildlife and absorb oxygen in water, contributing to dead zones.