In Your Home

Largest Adopt-a-Drain Program in MN

“In order to protect the lakes, rivers, and streams that Minnesotans call home, we need all hands on deck. There are more than 300,000 storm drains in the metro area, and every last one of…

Only Rain Down Stormdrains

Because storm drains are basically rainwater expressways leading directly into our lakes and rivers, it’s time to pay attention to what clogs or gets through the grates. By cleaning away grass clippings, leaves, litter and…

Drink Tap Water, Not Bottled

Whether you drink it for your pocketbook or the planet, tap water is the smart option compared to bottled water. For starters, bottled water is about 500 times more expensive than tap. Then there’s the…

Go Anti Antibacterial

It turns out that plain soap and water is just as effective as antibacterial soaps for keeping hands clean and germ free. But Triclosan, the chemical compound added to some liquid soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics and…

Properly Apply Fertilizer

Use low or no phosphorus fertilizers and do not overuse or misapply fertilizers onto sidewalks and paved areas. When it rains, any misapplied fertilizers sitting on sidewalks or other paved areas will get washed into…

Don’t try to keep your septic system too “clean”

DON’T TRY TO KEEP YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM TOO “CLEAN” An onsite sewage treatment system or “septic system” is a very effective way to safely recycle household wastewater into the natural environment. A functioning soil treatment…

Hold The Salt Please: Chloride Pollution in our Waters

Happy winter, Minnesota! We seem to love (hate?) our extreme weather here, and our public works crews make it possible even to bicycle through the nastiest of wintry conditions. But many Minnesotans don’t realize that…

Use a Rain Barrel

Fill ‘er up for free! You and your yard will feel great when you store every downpour in your very own rain barrel. It’s the perfect plan to keep your gardens green and reduce runoff,…

Keep Fat, Grease & Cooking Oil Out of Our Plumbing

Learning the right way to get rid of used cooking oil, fat and grease helps prevent clogging and overflow of wastewater that can pose serious health and environmental concerns. So the next time you make…

Pledge to Keep our water
Drinkable, Fishable, Swimmable

Pledge and Play!

Take the pledge and download our Clean Water BINGO. Play to help keep our water clean and you could win some great prizes — an iPad, a rain barrel, movies tickets and more!

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