Help Protect Our Water

What You Can Do

  • Adopt-a-Drain
    • 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.
  • Six actions to take at home.
  • Become a citizen scientist
    • 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. 
  • Freshwater Society’s Water Stewards program.
  • Edina is part of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

Low Salt, No Salt Minnesota Program

Illustration of snowflake, trees, water and fish with words "Low Salt. No Salt. Minnesota."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

Time commitment:

  • 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.

Stormwater Management Factsheets

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.