Cleaner Streets for Cleaner Water

Rain carries everything that lands on our streets — trash, leaves, grass clippings, automotive fluids, and even dog poop — into lakes, streams and wetlands via storm drains and pipes that run underground. Even so, many people think their actions don’t matter if they don’t live near the water.

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Groundwater and climate change: South Washington Watershed District prepares for new challenges

More water running off the land means less infiltrating down into aquifers; that combined with more people washing clothes, watering lawns and flushing toilets has resulted in declining groundwater levels in some parts of the watershed.

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Stabilizing the St. Croix River Bluff in Lakeland

The Quixote Ave. project demonstrates the importance of working collaboratively and using innovative approaches to address modern water quality problems.

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South Washington Watershed District adapts to changing times and new challenges

New development continues to be one of the biggest challenge facing the watershed.

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Spring Melt and Battling Mud

Erosion control materials can get knocked down or beat up during the winter, which makes it all the more important for builders to get out on site at this time of year to repair things before the dirt starts washing into waterways or clogging up storm sewers.

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Stormwater Detective

Even now, contractors frequently empty dirty wash water from carpet cleaning or wash cement off of tools straight into storm drains that connect directly to the lakes and rivers we swim in and fish from.

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A refresher course on how pipes work

Pipes are pretty simple technology but, even so, there is a bizarre human tendency to stuff all sorts of things into them in the hopes that the pipes will make these things magically disappear.

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