Tips

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…

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…

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 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…

All Those Autumn Leaves

Peak fall color has passed for most of the state and leaves are slowly falling. Wherever they fall, they decompose and restock the soil with nutrients and organic matter. But when there is no soil 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…

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…

Adopt-A-Highway

Adopt-A-Highway is a program for environmentally conscious volunteers to pick up litter along Minnesota’s highways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation details how to sign up.

Don’t Rake into the Lake

Feeding a lake or river too many leaves or other yard waste creates a bumper crop of algae turning lakes into pools of pea-green sludge with too little oxygen for the fish. To keep our…

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