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Did you know that you and your neighbors all have waterfront property? Your yard and the nearest lake, stream, or wetland are connected by the nearest storm drain or ditch. That means the actions you take on your property affect the local water bodies.
In urban areas, rain falls on hard surfaces such as streets, driveways and rooftops and flows into the storm sewer system, which carries it to the nearest body of water. This rainfall, called stormwater runoff, brings along any pollutants it has picked up along the way. You can help reduce the amount of pollutants entering local lakes, rivers and streams (and save money at the same time) by following a few simple steps:
Following these tips will help keep your lawn healthy while keeping our waters clean and safe this summer. Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/education.
Article and photo by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.