February Sustainability Newsletter…Don’t Drip and Drive







Ever hear someone talk about how the roads are slippery because it hasn't rained in a while? We all understand that cars and trucks leak oil because we see it on the ground every time it rains. Every year, more than 7 million quarts of motor oil drips out of vehicles onto streets and parking lots and makes its way to lakes, rivers, streams and Puget Sound. Most of this toxic pollution comes from small drips from cars and trucks. 

To get your free vehicle inspection visit www.fixcarleaks.org and find Pierce County shops in Bonney Lake, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, Spanaway, Tacoma and University Place that are offering free visual inspections for vehicle leaks in 2017. Clover Park Technical College is offering free leak workshops here.
Pierce County water quality is diminished by thousands of vehicles leaking oil in our community every year. It is also important to know that a leak in your vehicle can be a safety issue that could leave you stranded on the side of the road. As we have discussed in the past electric cars don't leak oil, are better for local air and water quality, and can save you up to $1,500 a year in cheaper maintenance and fuel costs.

February Top Sustainability Stories


Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?


Seattle's commute zone is a hot mass


Puget Sound Energy may pull plug early on aging, polluting Montana coal plants


Pierce College removing sewage from Lakewood’s Waughop Lake


Tacoma’s tool library moves to the Lincoln District (Video)


'Urban mining': UBC engineers say e-waste richer than ore pulled from the ground


If you eat, you should care about Pierce County resource land


2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame


Chevy Bolt Order Dates By States Revealed


More Pavement Means Fewer Salmon in the Puyallup



Congratulations to our friends at Pierce Conservation District for their successful proposal to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP award from the Natural Resource Conservation Service will provide $8M of federal funds to match state and local dollars. Working together with local partners we will be able to conserve working farmland, improve water quality, and enhance habitat function in the Puyallup Watershed.


Ask an Expert

Q: What is the number one polluter of Puget Sound?

A: The number one polluter of Puget Sound is oil leaking from our vehicles. Go to fixcarleaks.org to get a free checkup for your car and find other helpful tips.


Upcoming Events

February  Home and Garden

February 11th Pitch in for Parks

February 11th Valentines Run

February 11th Pier to Peer

February 16th Annual Seed Swap

February 22nd PC Farm Forum

March 4th  South Sound Sustainability Expo 2017