In Your Home

Chloride 101

Minnesota waters need a low-salt diet Minnesota has a growing salty water problem that threatens its freshwater fish and other aquatic life. Chloride from both de-icing salt  and water softener salts gets into lakes and…

Pick Up After Your Pets

Picking up after your pooch is more than just a courtesy to your neighbors — it’s also being a good neighbor to area lakes and rivers. That’s because pet waste can contain harmful bacteria, as…

Read the Labels

Every day, our lakes, rivers and drinking water sources are getting a strong dose of chemicals from the products we put on and into our bodies. Artificial fragrances, parabens, preservatives, and Triclosan are just some…

Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special…

Know Where to Wash your Wheels

Who’da thunk it? Washing your car in the driveway is actually an environmental no-no. That’s ‘cause paved driveways that drain to the curb send suds, oil, and greasy grit straight down the storm sewer and…

Program to pay Minnesota homeowners to let their lawn go to the bees

The state of Minnesota will help homeowners turn their lawns into bee-friendly habitat under a spending plan approved by the Legislature and sent this week to Gov. Tim Walz. The state will set aside $900,000…

Grow Plants Native to Your Area

Water naturally runs toward lower ground, so turn low-lying areas around your home into rain gardens with native plants that can filter out pollution from stormwater runoff. Plant trees, shrubs and grasses into layers of…

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…

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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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