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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
While the City’s Environmental Services and Public Works departments enjoy autumn as much as anyone, they aren’t looking forward to the problems the fallen leaves create when they make their way into the storm drains.
"When ditches and storm drains get clogged with leaves and debris, water no longer drains from the street – it ponds along streets and can flood intersections and homes. Localized street flooding can damage property and be dangerous to people and animals. Leaves and debris placed on the street can also be a hazard to vehicles," says Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey.
When it rains, leaves and other yardwaste in streets, ditches, and storm drains is carried by runoff through the stormwater drainage system into our local streams and lakes. This yardwaste contains nutrients that feed the growth of unwanted algae and reduce the clarity of the water. Besides being unsightly, excess nutrients in our streams and lakes can increase the cost for our community to meet regulatory mandates for water quality protection.
What You Can Do
For more information, contact: Ron Bailey, Superintendent of Streets, at 417-864-1136 or Water Quality Coordinator Carrie Lamb at 417-864-1996.