In the moist Pacific Northwest, moss is common. This pervasive plant clings to shingles, siding, pavers, and sidewalks. We act to prevent moss growth because it can cause slips and falls as well as structural damage that requires expensive repairs. At the same time, we want to do the right thing in how we choose to prevent moss.
Common chemicals and practices that deter moss can cause a lot of damage downstream. Chemicals and debris can easily wash into our storm drains and channels, and out to our streams and rivers. There they pollute the water we use for recreation and natural resources and can hurt the fish, plants, and other creatures living in and around waterways.
Check out our table (right) for ways to get rid of moss and keep Willamette and McKenzie Rivers safe!
With questions, contact Springfield’s Stormwater Team at 541.726.3694 or WaterResources@springfield-or.gov.