In the spring, we sweep away trash, debris and sand from winter road maintenance. In the fall we remove debris and leaves. Sweeping the streets helps keep our community clean. When leaves and other debris builds up in the streets, it can clog storm drains and cause local flooding.
Leaves left on streets that eventually wash into storm drains can pollute our lakes and rivers. They may quickly begin to break down, creating pollutants that flow into lakes, streams and the Mississippi River. This overfertilizes lake water and lets harmful aquatic plants and algae grow. The murky lake water that results is not good for swimming or fishing and can harm wildlife.
Remember, it is against the law to sweep your yard or boulevard leaves into the street.
To help keep our streets clean and improve the waters of Minneapolis, please consider joining the Adopt-a-Drain Program