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Keep streets leaf free

Pretty fall leaves can make water turn ugly. Did you know leaves are a major cause of poor water quality? 

If leaves are placed in the street, they get into storm sewers and can cause blocked drains and even neighborhood flooding. From the storm sewer, leaves make their way to water bodies. As the leaves decay, their phosphorus and other nutrients spark algae growth. 

Under Minnesota law, leaves are prohibited from landfills and burning facilities. Have your yard waste hauler take away your leaves. As an alternative, you could turn your leaves into free mulch. Use a power mower to chop up leaves and you’ll have ready-made, nutrient-rich mulch for your lawn and garden beds.

For more information, visit blm.mn/pw or call 952-563-8760.