Keeping It Clean

By one estimate, 20 million tons of plastic debris reaches our oceans, lakes, and rivers each year. The problem with plastic waste stems from the fact is it does not biodegrade. Birds, mammals, and fish ingest it, mistaking it for food, even feeding it to their young. Since it isn’t edible, it causes choking and […]

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Each day, a typical Minnesotan creates roughly seven pounds of waste, but from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases more than 25 percent. Additional food waste, packaging, wrapping paper and decorations add up to one million tons a week to the nation’s garbage piles. How does this affect our water? It takes tons […]

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Storm sewers in city and suburban streets flow directly into lakes and rivers.  Leaves, grass clippings and other organic debris we all often see along curbs and clogging storm drains contain phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment, which are all significant sources of water pollution. These pollutants, especially phosphorus, cause excess algae growth that reduce oxygen in […]

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