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Community Clean-Up Prevents the Growth of Algae
Storm sewers in city and suburban streets flow directly into lakes and rivers. Leaves, grass clippings, and other organic debris we often see along curbs and clogging storm drains contain phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment which are all significant sources of water pollution.

The organic debris especially tends to pile up along street boulevards in fall when trees are dropping leaves. Leaves and other debris are not able to break down into frozen ground, so late fall or early spring rains can move these materials rapidly over land and into waters.

To help clean up these pollution sources, the Freshwater Society and Friends of the Minnesota Valley have developed a community program to help citizens “battle the algae problems”. Volunteers rake, sweep and bag leaves, dirt and debris in city streets reducing the amount flowing into lakes and rivers through storm drains. In total, the groups and volunteers removed 879 bags of debris which will help prevent the growth of 175,800 lbs of algae in lakes and rivers of Carver County.

 
 


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Tracking Water Quality Through Algae - Every three months for the past six years, Florida International University biologist Tom Frankovich has been making dives to 44 sites scattered in the brackish lake system that borders north central Florida Bay, on the southern edge of the Everglades National Park mainland.


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