Did you know that grass and leaves can be harmful to our waterways? Many leaves will naturally fall into waterways, but as homeowners, we should be mindful not to upset nature’s balance. The leaves that fall on our lawn should never be placed in ditches, creeks or streams. Excessive decaying leaves use up the water’s oxygen, harming animals that live in the water. Leaves can also get into our creeks and streams through storm drains. Leaves and pollutants can easily be washed into the storm drain when it rains. When cleaning up this year’s leaf drop, follow these simple steps to keep our waterways clean!
Never rake leaves into your storm drains, ditches, creeks or streams. Mulch leaves by running over them with your lawn mower at your next cutting. Leaves and grass clippings are the best fertilizer for your lawn. Or….rake leaves into a compost pile for a nutrient-rich fertilizer to use on your garden next spring.
Public education and outreach: What Goes in the Storm Drain?