DuPage County Stormwater Management (SWM) is encouraging DuPage County residents to dispose of leaves properly this fall. When leaves blow into storm sewers and waterways, they can become a source of water pollution. In just six to eight weeks, leaves can account for more than half of annual phosphorous in stormwater runoff, which may cause algal blooms and be detrimental to fish and aquatic insects. Leaves can also build up along streets and block storm drains, which can lead to localized flooding. Residents can avoid these issues by composting, bagging and mulching leaves. To view the video, visit here.
Reminder from the Village: Fall Leaves
As a reminder, it is illegal to rake leaves into the street, a practice that clogs storm drains and can create slippery conditions for drivers and cyclists. Whenever possible, please clear stormwater grates in your neighborhood of leaves and debris to aid stormwater runoff. Please bag and sticker or compost leaves with your lawnmower.