Did you know that improper disposal of your fall yard waste could negatively impact our rivers?
Yard waste, including grass clippings and leaves, that is left along roads and sidewalks gets washed into storm drains. These innocuous looking grates along sidewalks and city streets often lead directly to our rivers. Any chemicals used on your lawn, such as herbicides, get washed into the rivers along with your yard waste. Excess organic matter from leaves and grass can also lead to high nutrient levels and decreased oxygen in rivers. And, storm drains can easily get clogged by yard waste, causing infrastructure damage and flooding.
What can you do to help protect our waterways?
- Do not rake grass or leaves onto roads or sidewalks. The only exception is during city leaf pickup times. Many cities have leaf pick up services. If you live in one of these areas, it is your responsibility to follow your city’s regulations regarding leaf pick up and schedules.
- Minimize the use of herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers.
- Keep the storm drains near your home and work clear of debris, leaves, and trash.
- Take excess leaves and yard waste to the Flathead County Landfill where it can be composted and disposed of properly.
- Or, consider mulching some of your leaves to use as a natural fertilizer on your lawn.
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