Want to help protect our water resources? Here’s how:

6 Actions to Take at Home

  • Clean your curb: Storm drains carry polluted runoff from your street to nearby lakes and rivers. Keep leaves and grass out of streets and gutters; mulch or compost them to reduce organic debris in stormwater and prevent algae blooms
  • Cover loose soil and sand: Dirt, sand and clay displaced by erosion can carry pollutants and cloud our lakes and rivers. Make sure your landscaping keeps dirt where it belongs and cover exposed areas during rain and snow.
  • Scoop the Poop: Put pet waste in the trash; rain and snowmelt can carry harmful bacteria to lakes and rivers, using up oxygen that fish and wildlife need to survive
  • Lose the Litter: Pick up litter in your yard, street and gutter; floatable waste harms ecosystems and clogs water treatment facilities
  • Sweep the Salt: Remove snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks before salting; use sand when it’s below 15 degrees Fahrenheit and sweep up extra salt.
  • Go Native: Landscape with native species, drought-tolerant grasses and rain gardens that filter stormwater runoff before it reaches nearby lakes and rivers.

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Adopt a Drain

If it’s in the street, then it ends up in our lakes, rivers and streams. Help us keep leaves, grass, salt, trash and dirt out of the stormwater system by adopting a drain in your neighborhood. In partnership with Hamline University, the City of St. Paul Public Works department, and the City of Roseville, CRWD is sponsoring Adopt-a-Drain.org, where residents can sign up to sweep debris out of local storm drains. Join CRWD residents and help keep our water systems clean and clear.


Become a Master Water Steward

Are you passionate about clean water? Learn more about the program and apply to become a Master Water Steward HERE

CRWD, in partnership with Freshwater Society, offers a Master Water Steward certification for District residents who are committed to our keeping lakes and rivers clean.

Master Water Stewards are specially trained to help other community members prevent pollution and advocate for clean water in their communities. Stewards complete a series of courses and online training starting in the fall and finishing in spring and then through summer and fall work on a capstone project that includes locating, designing and building a project that treats our reduces runoff and also educates about water quality issues. Once certified, stewards will volunteer 50 hours in the first year and 25 hours in subsequent years and complete 8 hours of continuing education annually to maintain their certification.

Learn more about Master Water Stewards

If you see something in your community that may have a negative impact on water – such as littering, erosion or pollution – you can report it to CRWD anonymously.

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