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Yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves and other plant material contain nutr…

Yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves and other plant material contain nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus). As this material decomposes the nutrients are released; which can lead to excessive algae and weed growth in our local waterways. This excessive growth removes oxygen from the water and can upset the aquatic ecosystem. It also directly leads to a decline in Colorado’s drinking and recreational water quality. Grass clippings from just one lawn mowing can generate up to 100 pounds of unwanted algae if it ends up in our waterways. Additionally, grass clippings and other yard waste can plug storm drains leading to localized street flooding. You can help prevent this by bagging or composting your yard waste or by leaving grass clippings on your lawn to add the nutrients to the soil as they decompose. Contact the Canon City Stormwater Program at 276-5265 for more information or visit our webpage at canoncity.org. Remember it is against City Ordinance to place yard waste (including leaves) in the curb and gutter or to dump them into a drainage channel or stormwater detention facility.


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