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Posted on: September 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Help Keep our Streets Leaf-free this Fall!

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Help Keep our Streets Leaf-free this Fall!

Did you know leaves that collect on our streets every fall can harm our natural waterbodies? More than 50% of the annual amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater can come from leaves in the street. Too much phosphorus can lead to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels and green murky waters, none of which are good for animals living in the water or those of us who use it for recreation. Timely removal of street leaf litter prior to a rain event can reduce the amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater by 80% compared to no leaf removal.


You can help! Join us in keeping streets leaf-free before it rains this fall. To encourage others to keep leaves out of the street, request a free yard sign by sending an email to with the subject, “Leaf-Free Streets Sign Request.” Thank you for joining this movement to protect our waters!

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