What You Can Do

Unlike the water that goes down sinks and toilets, stormwater isn’t treated to remove harmful pollutants. It carries pollution off of our land directly into waterbodies.

There are simple steps you can take in your own neighborhood and home to protect our water resources. Many of these solutions are no-cost or low-cost, and have the added benefit of making your neighborhood cleaner and more attractive.

Lawn Care

Did you know that many lawn care practices create pollution in our waterways? Grass clippings, leaves, fertilizer and other pollutants can wash into the streets, through the stormdrains and into nearby waterbodies. We’ll teach you how to keep your lawn lush and green while protecting the environment.

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Fall Yard Care

Fall is a beautiful time to be outdoors in Minnesota — and a critical time for yard care. Cooling temperatures make fall the perfect season for planting new grass, pulling weeds, aerating the soil and taking extra steps to ensure a healthy comeback for your lawn next spring. Protect your lawn and our waterways with our simple tips.

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Snow and Ice Removal

Did you know that many Minnesota lakes and rivers are contaminated with chloride? This toxic chemical comes from the salt and deicers we use to keep pavements ice-free in the winter. You can help protect our waterbodies by fighting snow and ice the smart way this winter.

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Six Things You Can Do

Top: Feature photo courtesy Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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