On the Road

Photo by S. Rubin, 2009

Cars emit, deposit, and transport various pollutants as they move throughout the watershed. A number of these pollutants can be transported to streams and lakes as stormwater runoff. You can help Lake Whatcom by remembering to take these simple actions when on the road or maintaining your vehicle at home.

Car Maintenance

A properly maintained vehicle is an important step in watershed stewardship. A well tuned car burns less fuel, releases fewer pollutants. 

Photo by J. Owen, 2005

Trip Reduction

Riding a bike, taking the bus, and carpooling are all great ways to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the environment from roads.


Idling your vehicle for more than just 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine. By avoiding unnecessary idling, you'l be helping to protect Lake Whatcom from air and water pollution in addition to achieving fuel and money savings.