Good Neighbor Guide

The Good Neighbor Guide is an educational booklet developed by the MWMO. Designed for residents in urban areas, it explains how individuals can take action in their own yard and community to help make sure we all have clean water. Together, we can ensure a more promising future for our children, the ecosystems we rely on, and even those who live downstream from us.

Filled with fun graphics and simple, plain language, the Good Neighbor Guide is designed to be accessible to people with no prior knowledge of environmental issues. Although it offers tips on preventing water pollution at home, it is not a “how-to” manual so much as a field guide that explains “why” residents should care about protecting water quality and habitat. It explains how urban stormwater runoff carries pollutants to waterbodies and offers seasonal yard care tips and landscaping ideas to help trap pollutants before they reach the stormdrain.

How Can I Get One?

The Good Neighbor Guide is currently only available to those who participate in a Good Neighbor presentation or tabling event by MWMO staff. The presentations and tabling are offered free-of-charge to neighborhood and civic groups, environmental organizations, schools, faith-based groups and others who wish to educate their members on how to protect water quality and habitat in their communities.

Our goal is for each participant to walk away from the Good Neighbor Guide presentation or tabling experience knowing how to:

  1. Explain how water that falls on our properties and in our neighborhoods ends up in the Mississippi River.
  2. Give examples of pollutants that end up in the river and describe how they get there.
  3. Give examples of things residents can do to improve and protect water quality.

Please contact Tammy Schmitz if your organization would like to host a Good Neighbor Guide presentation or tabling experience.


Tammy Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist or 612-746-4988

Pass it On

Community members are invited to help us spread these tips to others by sharing good neighbor photos on social media with the hashtags #goodneighborguide and #goodneighbor.

Be a Good Neighbor

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What you can do

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Landscaping Ideas

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