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Keep leaves off streets

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Bloomington Briefing Published October 4, 2022
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Updated on November 2, 2022
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Fallen leaves are one of the main causes of poor water quality in the metro area. When left in the street, leaves end up in a storm sewer where they are carried to nearby lakes and ponds.

Leaves contain phosphorus and other nutrients that can cause excess algae growth, which negatively impacts plants and wildlife. Leaves can also block storm drains and cause flooding in neighborhoods. Minnesota law bans leaves from entering landfills and burning facilities, but there are plenty of good ways to get rid of leaves on your property, such as having your hauler take them with your yard waste or using them as mulch. Watch the video at blm.mn/leaves to learn more.