Minnesota is known for its abundance of water resources. However, the quality of lakes, streams and wetlands in Minnesota is threatened by increasing development and pollution.
When it rains, the stormwater that runs off driveways, lawns, houses and parking lots can carry pollutants like oil, paint and chemicals down storm sewers and into nearby lakes, streams and rivers.
In new developments, filtering or treating stormwater runoff with projects like stormwater ponds is required.
However, we cannot simply build our way out of poor water quality. We must also take steps to reduce water pollution. By taking the easy, no-cost or low-cost steps found in the Ten Things You Can Do To Improve Minnesota’s Lakes and Streams. You can have a big impact on reducing runoff and protecting our water resources and wildlife habitat.