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Apple Valley
7100 147th St. W.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Ph: (952) 953-2500
At Home and In Your Yard
The Shore Out Your Front Door
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:
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM      952-953-2400
After hours, weekends and holidays       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.