About the Clean Streams Initiative
Nearly 90 miles of streams run through the City of Salem, providing character, beauty, wildlife habitat, recreation, and more to our community. These streams are the backbone of the City's stormwater system and they require everyone's help to keep them healthy and beautiful.
The City of Salem's Clean Streams, Clear Choices initiative was developed to educate the community on impactful choices you can make to help keep pollution out of the stormwater runoff and local streams. Stormwater runoff does not go to a treatment plant, but instead goes directly into the streams. Because of this, our urban stormwater runoff carries pollutants to the stream that can affect the water quality and aquatic life within local streams. Listed below is more information about what you can do to help keep our streams clean and to reduce pollution.