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Seven Tips for a Healthy Prince William Sound

Small changes in our daily lives can make a big impact on the health of Prince William Sound. You can help prevent sewage spills, reduce stormwater pollution and reduce the amount of toxic chemicals that enter the Sound by following these basic pollution prevention tips around your home.
      • Limit your purchase and use of harsh chemical cleaning products and of paint, pesticides and fertilizers that contain hazardous chemicals. Instead, buy less toxic alternatives or make your own natural cleaners.
      • Always take toxic household and yard products to a hazardous waste collection facility. Don’t pour hazardous products down the drain or into street gutters. Once they enter the sewer system, many hazardous chemicals used in commercial cleaning and yard products end up in the Sound, harming fish, birds and other wildlife.
      • Take unused medication to a proper disposal facility such as your local pharmacy or place them in a sealed container in the trash. Don’t put unwanted medications down the sink or toilet. When medications like antibiotics, anti-depressants and birth control are flushed down the toilet, they aren’t always removed by the wastewater treatment process. These pharmaceuticals persist in the environment, altering the natural state of the Sound and endangering aquatic life and people that are exposed to the drugs in Prince William Sound's waters.
      • Reduce your use of products containing the chemical triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial agent linked to serious human health problems and is toxic to aquatic life. Check the labels of products like toothpaste, soaps, detergents and deodorant, and opt for versions that don’t contain triclosan. For a list of products containing triclosan, see the triclosan factsheet at
      • Practice friendly car maintenance. When you wash your car in your driveway or street, harmful chemicals flow into storm drains and end up in the Sound. If you can, take your car to a car wash facility where the water is diverted to a wastewater treatment plant. Check your car regularly for leaks – oil and gas leaks leave residues on the road that will eventually be flushed into the Bay.
      • Learn more about the stormwater and sewer systems where you live, and support funding increases for infrastructure repairs and upgrades. It’s important that we invest in maintaining effective storm drains and sewer pipes in order to reduce pollution to the Sound. 
      • Become a supporter of Prince William Soundkeeper, and help ensure a positive, lasting legacy for Prince William Sound.
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