City of Red Wing

Residents Help Needed to Keep Leaves off the Streets and Out of the River

Tuesday, October 20 2009 12:00 AM

Paul Drotos, Environmental Officer, Public WOrks 

Red Wing's federal Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan requires good housekeeping practices, including keeping grass and leaves off of the street and therefore out of the Mississippi River. Most stormwater in Red Wing goes straight to the river, so raking yard waste onto streets, sidewalks and driveways results in water pollution. City of Red Wing code states that it is a misdemeanor to place yard waste, including leaves and grass clippings, on city streets or sidewalks where it can be washed into the river. Street sweeping is not intended to be a communitywide leaf pick-up program.

Residents are asked to keep the Mississippi River and Lake Pepin cleaner by eliminating street debris, which contains suspended solids and phosphorus, near homes and businesses.
Organic yard waste including leaves and brush can be dropped off free of charge at the Integrated Solid Waste Management Campus, 1873 Bench Street. Special fall cleanup hours are October 10 to November 21, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Paul Drotos
Environmental Officer
Public Works Department