As falling leaves drift to the ground, please clear them from storm drain grates and put them to better use. Leaves can easily clog storm drains creating preventable flooding and nutrient overload pollution.
There’s several good uses for those fallen leaves:
1. Shred and spread on the lawn for a nutrient boosting mulch.
2. Convert them to compost either in your own pile or put them in a city yardwaste bin and we’ll compost them at the Yardwaste Facility.
3. Use the leaves as mulch in your garden beds to protect the soil and hold moisture. Next spring till them into the soil for extra nutrients.
Capture and reuse rain runoff to supplement regular watering and reduce demand on the public water system with these ideas.
1. Gently mound dirt along a plant’s dripline to hold and infiltrate runoff.
2. Re-use household wastewater from dehumidifiers or air conditioning condensers for irrigation.
3. Install a rain barrel or cistern. Rain barrels can store the water until the weather turns dry and is needed.
4. Plant a rain garden – the basin will hold runoff while providing the yard with color and pollinator habitat.
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This form of pavement is a great idea for low-trafficked drives. The more vehicles on this material decreases the lifespan and efficiency. When installed correctly it has a great look and helps minimize icing issues.
Post-Construction Stormwater Management is the most recently implemented MCM in the SWMP. For projects to require Stormwater Treatment Facilities they need to have been preliminary platted after Sept 1, 2017 and greater than an acre in size.
Need to keep the kids occupied while they’re home for break?
Try some of these water conservation games rounded up by Water, Use it Wisely.