Conservation Around the House
Conservation practices and activities you can do in your home and yard, such as water conservation, recycling, composting, buying local, alternative energy and energy conservation, and sustainable landscaping are the focus of this program area. Please stay tuned as we further develop this page, including useful links to other sources of information.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SEPTIC SYSTEM REPAIR
Up to 75% of the cost of repairing or replacing a failing onsite septic system may be paid for through our OSS Cost-Share Program. Failing onsite septic systems impacting surface waters in a current Pollution Identification & Correction focus area are of highest priority for assistance. The current focus area includes the Meadowbrook and Cooper creek watersheds and the lower Matriotti and Lotzgesell creek watersheds. Assistance may be available in other parts of the Clallam County Marine Recovery Area if the applicant is denied a loan from Craft3, the USDA Rural Development or a private lender. All referrals for assistance must be made to the conservation district by Clallam County Environmental Health - 360-417-2506.
Onsite Septic System Resources:
Shallow Rooted Plants for Drainfield Landscaping
2017 Clallam County Licensed Onsite Septic Providers
Looking for tips on how to enjoy your landscape more and spend less time maintaining it? Want to cut back on your irrigation, attract wildlife and manage stormwater better? Consider taking our Natural Landscaping course. Check out the course syllabus and PowerPoint slides for classes #1 and #3.
Want to attract birds and other wildlife to your yard? This fact sheet on Wildlife Use of Trees & Shrubs Native to the North Olympic Peninsula tells you how our native plants are used by local wildlife.
Check out these other sustainable landscaping websites:
- LessLawn, more life
- King County Sustainable Landscaping
- Natural Yard & Garden resources from Seattle Public Utilities
- Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies - website of author Owen Dell
- EPA Water Smart Landscaping Guide
WATER CONSERVATION and RAINWATER COLLECTION
Download our list of Water-WisePlants for Landscaping or the Saving Water Partnership plant list for ideas about plants that are particularly well suited for dry conditions.
Download our new guide to Rainwater Harvesting to learn the basics of collecting and storing roof runoff water.
More water conservation tips can be found at the following websites:
- Natural Yard Care
- American Water Works Association
- Drought Resources
- Garden Water Saver
- Rainwater Collection
- Rainwater Collection Cistern Examples
- Saving Water Partnership
- Rain Garden Handbook
- Rain Garden Edibles
REDUCE YOUR WILDFIRE RISK