Forecasts are calling for a gorgeous weekend – perfect for some fall yard work! When you’re out raking leaves or getting that final grass mowing in please remember everything that enters a storm drain goes directly to a local lake, river or pond. It does not go to a wastewater treatment facility, which means leaves, grass clippings and ALL that comes with them (fertilizer, pet waste, trash, soil, etc.) are being carried to our water bodies.
Elk River City Code prohibits intentionally disposing of grass, leaves, dirt, or landscaping material into a water resource, catch basin or public right-of-way. Grass and other vegetative debris in lakes and rivers decays, consuming oxygen and releasing phosphorus, a plant nutrient responsible for foul-smelling water, algae blooms, and negative health impacts to aquatic wildlife. For more information, or to report illegal dumping in storm drains, click here.