Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and a healthier community. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, creeks, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and other pollutants. Adopt-a-Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.
Do you have access to a boat? Citizen scientists help collect data on local waterbodies through the Metropolitan Council’s Citizen Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP). Contact your Watershed District to inquire about participating.
Did you know deicing salts from winter maintenance are a growing pollution problem in Minnesota’s water resources? Just 1 teaspoon of salt pollutes 5 gallons of water forever.
The City is recruiting homeowners’ associations, condo associations and faith-based organizations to participate in a free program called “Low Salt, No Salt Minnesota.” The program offers customized solutions for reducing dependence on deicing salts for winter maintenance without compromising safety.
What it includes:
Visual presentation and discussion, led by local experts, on winter maintenance and chloride (salt) pollution reduction
Optional walk around your building(s) and grounds to identify problem areas and discuss best practices
One hour for the presentation and discussion
Additional roughly 30 minutes for walk and talk around the building/grounds
Can be scheduled to fit into monthly board or meeting schedules
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Jessica Wilson, Water Resources Manager at [email protected] or 952-826-0445.
Responsible Snow and Ice Management for Businesses and Property Owners
The City convened a diverse advisory committee of service providers, property managers, and other interested representatives to develop a model contract for snow and ice management services. The main focus of this work is to offer a model contract that embraces best practices to minimize environmental impacts from sand, salts and other chemicals, while also maintaining safety and addressing liability risk allocation.