Have you ever heard the phrase “every curb is a shoreline”? It means our surface water runoff from rain, snow, sleet, or other precipitation will eventually drain to a lake. Often times, precipitation reaches our lakes by draining from our streets into ponds and wetlands. Ponds and wetlands will drain into streams, ditches, or storm sewer pipes which eventually discharge into a lake.
Because every curb is a shoreline, whatever material is in the street and thus the curb will find its way into our lakes. Some examples include grass clippings, pet waste, and sediment. But there could also be materials that spill in the street or driveway such as oil and antifreeze.
The good news is you can help keep our lakes clean! The City of Maple Grove and the City’s Lake Quality Commission offer grants to cost share on lake improvement projects. Projects, such as native plant buffers, that protect our lakes from contamination will be considered. Funding is limited and projects are considered on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, contact the City of Maple Grove Engineering Department at 763-494-6350 or visit the City of Maple Grove website.