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.


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. See our OSS Cost-Share brochure for more information.

Onsite Septic System Resources:


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:


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.


New Rainwater Harvesting Guide now available!

The Rainwater Harvesting Guide will help you learn the basics on how to collect and store roof runoff for use as stock water and irrigation. Pictured is a 1,100 gallon cistern used to collect roof water for livestock watering on a farm in Clallam Bay.