Your yard connects directly to your neighborhood pond or lake through the stormwater drain in the curb on your street. Water and pollutants entering stormwater drains do not receive treatment before entering local waterbodies. If it goes down the drain, it ends up in the pond.
Because of this direct connection, what we do at home has a direct effect on local waterbodies. To see this connection in action, play the game
and watch the cartoon
Dump No Waste, Drains to Lake
The following substance can have harmful effects if they make it into local waterbodies:
Reporting a Spill
To report a spill, please call 911 or Dakota County Dispatch at 952-322-2323
Gardening and Home Improvements with a Purpose
Reducing the amount of rainwater runoff coming from your property is the easiest way to make it more water friendly. Excess runoff can cause flooding or pick up pollutants as it runs over the ground to the nearest stormwater drain. The following practices reduce the amount of water or pollutants in water running off your property by soaking water into the ground, filtering water through plants, or temporarily storing water on your property.
More tips on environmentally friendly yard care practices can be viewed in the Blue Thumb Year-Round Guide to Yard Care
Get the Word Out
You can check out a stormwater drain stenciling kit or request a speaker for your group by contacting Apple Valley Natural Resources at (952) 953-2462. Other volunteer opportunities
may also be available.