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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…

Compost or Mulch Leaves and Yard Debris

The fertilized soil that you created by mulching or composting can be recycled in your yard and reused as natural fertilizer. Composting The Science and Engineering of Composting Start Composting in Your Backyard Learn how…

Keep a Lid on Trash

Unappreciated and often overworked, dumpsters and bins never seem to mind taking our trash. When their lids are left open, garbage can fall out and rain can get in, allowing undesirable material and debris to…

Recycle used Motor Oil

Dumped on the ground or down a storm drain, used motor oil contaminates the rivers, lakes and ground water everyone depends on — from fish and wildlife, to plants and people. Instead, recycle used oil…

Plant a Rain Garden

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

Don’t Flick It

You might think they’re too small to hurt anything, but the truth is, butts are a serious pollution problem. As the number one most littered item, tobacco products tally up to a staggering 32% of…

Citizen Lake and Stream Monitoring

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency coordinates two volunteer monitoring programs: the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program and the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program. Minnesota is blessed with an abundance of lakes and streams, so much so that…

Maintain Natural Vegetation

Plant or keeping buffer zones around ponds, wetlands, lakes, and streams. Undisturbed (unmowed) vegetation along streams and drainage pathways will capture nutrients that wash off your lawn before they are discharged to the waterway. Use…

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…

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