City of Brainerd Reminds Residents Not to Mow Grass Into Streets
RELEASE (5/24/21) firstname.lastname@example.org
In an email from City Engineer Paul Sandy, residents were reminded: Mowing grass into the street is considered an illicit discharge to our storm sewer system, and if we find residents practicing this behavior, they will be warned and asked to clean tit up. When grass and leaves are blown into the street, this debris finds its way to our storm sewer, in which most of our pipes have direct access to the river. This increases phosphorus in the river and lake system and leads to large algae blooms. The City’s MS4 permit (stormwater permit) considers grass clippings or other debris in the street as an illicit discharge, and the City must report instances of this occurring.
Please watch out for this practice and talk to residents you see doing this to help reduce the amount of clippings in the street. If you see it frequently, please report it to the engineering department so we can notify the resident that this practice is not allowed and should be cleaned up immediately.