Watershed Care Tips: April

Begins: Apr 1st, 2022 at 8:00 am
Ends: Apr 1st, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Location:   | , Minnesota

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Pet Waste Tidbit of the Month

A 2001 study conducted on Four Mile Run, a heavily polluted stream in northern Virginia, used DNA analysis to determine that 42 percent of the controllable bacteria load in the water came from dog poop. That same polluted stream is just 9.4 miles long, but its watershed contains an estimated 11,400 dogs, which produce 5,000 pounds of poop every day. That’s an awful lot of fertilizer and even more bacteria.

Source: Outside Magazine 

Bonus Tips

Seasonal actions for water and soil health:

  • Clean-up and set-up rainbarrels for the year. 
  • Clean-up leftover sand, salt, and trash from the winter. Sediment and debris can also carry road gunk such as brake dust and oil into our waterbodies, especially when it's accumulated over the winter. 

Looking ahead: 

  • With mowing season comes the need to sweep up grass clippings off of   driveways and boulevards and back onto the lawn. 
  • Tree seeds and buds will be falling into the street - be ready to do the same as with grass clippings and sweep!


Upcoming events

Wed, May 25 2022 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Free MPCA Smart Salting workshop for Minnesota's elected officials, council members, commissioners, board members, and other local leaders.

Mon, May 30 2022 : From 8:00am to 4:30pm

The VLAWMO office will be closed in observation of the Memorial Day holiday.

Wed, Jun 01 2022 : From 8:00am to 5:00pm

Monthly yard and garden tips for caring for the watershed.

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