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Lakes, Ponds & Wetlands
The City of Burnsville has nearly 300 bodies of water such as wetlands, ponds,Crystal_vertical.jpg
 and lakes. The City's Water Resources Management Plan and Wetland Protection & Management Plan guide many of the decisions for these water resources.

For more information about water resources, including water quality monitoring, storm water management and boating rules, see links on the left.

Help Protect Water Quality

Water quality is an important issue that impacts everyone, and we are all responsible for protecting our water resources. Here are some simple things that you can do to help:
  • Reduce runoff. When rain and snowmelt run off your driveway, it washes pollution into storm drains, which lead straight to your neighborhood pond. Reduce runoff by directing your downspouts onto your yard, not your driveway. You can also install a rain barrel or build a rain garden to capture runoff.
  • Keep fertilizer on the lawn. It’s illegal to leave fertilizer on hard surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and roads because the fertilizer can wash into storm drains. Also, fertilizer may not be used within 20 feet of the edge of any wetland, pond, or lake.
  • Rake leaves, grass clippings, branches and other yard waste off the street. It’s unsafe for bikes and cars and can plug up storm drains and cause flooding. Learn about composting and where to take yard waste at
  • Pick up pet waste and put it in the garbage. Rain and snowmelt runoff can wash pet droppings into storm drains and ponds. As it decomposes, the droppings release bacteria (E. coli, salmonella), parasites (Giardia), and nutrients (such as phosphorus) into the water.
  • Wash vehicles on the lawn, not on your driveway. The soapy water won't hurt your grass, but if it ends up in a storm drain it can harm your neighborhood pond.
  • Keep it clean. Sweep grass clippings off your driveway, sidewalk, and street. Clean up spilled lawn fertilizer, oil, and other chemicals, and dispose of them properly. Remember that anything on your hard surfaces may be washed into a storm drain.
  • Reduce or eliminate winter salt use.  Instead of salt, try using sand or non-clumping kitty litter for traction on ice. Shovel snow as soon as possible to keep your walkways clear and prevent ice-buildup so that you don’t need salt. If you do use salt, read package directions so that you don’t over-apply. Keep in mind that, in general, you need less than 1 pound of salt per 250 square feet (roughly the size of two average parking spaces). This amount may be less than you think – a 12 oz. coffee mug holds about a pound of salt.

Video:  Protecting Water Quality in Winter

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