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
- 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.
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
- 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 BeyondPesticides.org.
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.
To Report issues of concern or significant environmental observations
Call the toll-free hotline at 1-877-686-3533