Trickle Down Thursday: Only Rain Down the Drain

Do you live near a storm drain? When you help keep it clean, you are helping to keep our rivers and lakes beautiful! Grass clippings and leaves contain nutrients; when the nutrients get to the water they feed algae. Algae takes over and kills off fish. Clean drains = clean water.

Waterwise Wednesday: Gutter check

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Continued melting means flowing snow melt and runoff. Check street gutters and storm drains near your home to make sure they’re clear of debris and functioning properly.

Clogged storm drains can cause neighborhood flooding, icy back up and nutrient overload as debris decays in the drains.Removing leaves, one of the largest urban sources of phosphorus pollution, from street gutters and drains can reduce the amount of phosphorus in urban runoff by 80% (USGS 2016).