City partnering on pilot project to reduce litter in Lake Hiawatha

May 22, 2023

The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) are partnering with nonprofit organizations Freshwater Society and River Network on a pilot project designed to capture litter before it enters Lake Hiawatha in south Minneapolis.

A trash litter boom system will be installed in Lake Hiawatha on June 3 to capture litter at the end of a storm sewer pipe before it enters the lake. Manufactured by Osprey Initiative, the litter boom system has been donated to the City by River Network. The new system will capture trash from a large stormwater outfall that drains over 900 acres of south Minneapolis.

As part of the pilot project, the City will study the litter boom system to determine if it’s effective at reducing litter in Lake Hiawatha and could potentially be used in other city lakes. The City, MPRB, the Freshwater Society area also partnering on an educational campaign aimed at reducing litter at the source within the Lake Hiawatha watershed.

Unveiling of new litter boom system
9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3
Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center, 2701 E. 44th St.

Learn more about ways you can help keep our waters clean on the City’s website.

An illustration of a Lake Hiawatha Trash Boom