Natural Resources

Natural Resources, a division of the Public Works Department, is comprised of three major areas of responsibility: forestry, water resources, and erosion control. Working together with other city divisions, Natural Resources assists with policies, management, and preservation of the city’s trees, landscapes, lakes, and ponds.

Erosion Control


Water Resources 

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  1. Reducing Winter Salt Application - A Quick Reminder on How to Protect Our Lakes in Winter

    Salt pollutes. Snowmelt and rain wash leftover sidewalk salt into local lakes and groundwater. Once there, it cannot be removed. Too much salt can harm fish and plants in local lakes. Follow these tips to reduce your impact when clearing snow and ice. Read on...
  2. Buckthorn Stands Out in Fall, Making Removal Easier

    Why is fall the best time of year to get rid of Buckthorn? Because it is so easy to find. Buckthorn tends to stay green and hold its leaves longer than most shrubs and small trees. Read on...
  3. Remember to Clean Leaves from Streets and Sidewalks to Prevent Street Flooding and Help Local Lakes

    Leaves left in the curb and gutter will get washed into stormdrains when it rains. This can clog stormdrains and cause flooding. Leaves washed into stormdrains also end up in local lakes where they cause algal blooms when they break down. Read on...
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