Leaves in the gutter make county streams shudder!– December 13, 2012
It’s that time of year when leaves are falling fast. In trying to remove leaves from your yard, you may be tempted to rake, blow, or throw them into the street, a storm drain, or a drainage ditch. Problems arise when these leaves block the drain or are washed into nearby waterways, causing localized flooding and negative impacts on the health of our streams, rivers, and lakes.
The leaves decompose in the water, reducing the level of oxygen available to aquatic organisms. These little bugs and fish play an important role in the natural filtration process of surface water, which is the source of our drinking water.
Please don't blow or dump your leaves into the street, storm drains, or drainage ditches. You can compost leaves or contact your trash hauler to make arrangements to have them picked up. Visit www.gwinnettstormwater.com, www.sustainablegwinnett.com, or contact the Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension Service at 678.377.4010 for more information.