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Cleaning the Streets Before the Snow Flies

As leaves fall and the weather turns brisk, Minnesotans know all too well that winter is fast approaching. That thick layer of colorful leaves might be hiding another problem for our streets and waterways: litter….

Fall Yard Care

Fall is a beautiful time to be outdoors in Minnesota — and a critical time for yard care. Cooling temperatures make fall the perfect season for planting new grass, pulling weeds, aerating the soil and…

Zero Waste Challenge

Welcome Zero Waste Challenge participants! This page will contain helpful information and resources for you on your low-waste journey. The reporting form for when you are tracking your waste is also below. Tips and tricks…

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…

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…

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