Water Quality & Conservation

Below are ideas and programs that residents can get involved with to improve water quality and conserve water. 

Conserve Water

sweep up grassWater is one of the most valuable resources we have in the world.

  • Water the lawn only when needed. If grass springs back up after you step on it; it does not need water.
  • Don't water the pavement. Position sprinklers so that water lands on the lawn or garden, not in areas where it is not needed. 
  • Sweep your driveway and sidewalk. Avoid hosing your driveway and sidewalk where polluted water can run into a street or storm drain. This can save gallons of water.

Practice Good Lawn Care

Pick up pet waste

Your lawn care choices directly affect water quality.

  • Limit the amount of chemicals you use on your lawn. Those excess chemicals will eventually make their way into the water.
  • Keep the pavement clean. Sweep all grass clippings and fertilizer off driveways, sidewalks, and streets; then spread them back on your lawn.
  • Clean up pet waste by picking it up, bagging it and putting it in the trash. Pet waste contains bacteria that may be harmful to health. 

Leave a Buffer

buffer around pond

​A buffer is a strip of tall native vegetation that will improve water quality in many ways.

  • A buffer filters contaminants from your yard before reaching the water. 
  • Vegetation stabilizes the soil to help prevent erosion.    
  • A buffer will discourage geese and ducks from using your property as a gathering place. 

Plant Native Plants

butterfly on joe pye weed

Native species of plants are beautiful and help the environment.

  • Native plants are hardiest in our climate; they will last through the winter and be able to live through conditions each season brings.
  • Once the plants are established they require low maintenance.
  • Native plants are resistant to most diseases and pests. Your native plants will attract many beautiful birds, butterflies and other beneficial insects. 

Keep Chemicals Out

Storm drain stenciling

Anything that enters a storm drain goes directly to local ponds, wetlands, and streams; it does not go to a waste water treatment facility.

  • Use a drain pan to catch automotive fluids when changing oil, antifreeze or other fluids.
  • Do not dump chemicals such as paint, motor oil, and cleaning solutions into the storm drains.
  • Visit Dakota County at: www.co.dakota.mn.us for information on household hazardous waste.      
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