The Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week

The Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week
Posted on 04/19/2021

New Hope City Council has proclaimed the week of April 18-24, 2021 as The Great Shingle Creek Watershed Cleanup Week.

Water runoff from the northern half of New Hope is part of the watershed area that flows into Shingle Creek, with New Hope being one of the cities jointly managing the lakes, streams and wetlands in the watershed. The city of New Hope is dedicated to preserving and protecting the water resources in its watersheds and encourages community members to do the same.

Prior to 2020 and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hope has historically held The Great Shingle Creek Watershed Clean-Up event. The clean-up event focused on cleaning up Meadow Lake Park, a park within the Shingle Creek Watershed, and planting trees and shrubs in observance of Arbor Day. Past efforts have also included debris removal from Bass Creek in the northern part of the city.

Although no date has been set for the 2021 cleanup event, city staff is hopeful one can be held safely in the near future. In the meantime, the city encourages community members to take steps to help protect the city’s watersheds.

  • Keep streets clear of leaves and grass clippings - Never blow yard waste into the street or gutter and make sure any accidental clippings are cleaned up. Clippings are carried from streets into lakes and streams and the nutrients they contain are destructive.
  • Clean up the doo-doo - Always clean up pet waste. Beyond the potential to make people, pets and wildlife sick, the bacteria in pet waste washes into the water when it rains. Pet waste also causes destructive algae blooms.
  • Properly dispose of hazardous materials - Never use the storm drains to dispose of harmful materials. Hazardous waste should never be flushed or poured down the drain, onto the ground or into storm sewers. Doing so contaminates the soil and groundwater. This includes motor oil, pesticides, paint, household cleaners, medication and more. The Hennepin County Drop-Off Facility in Brooklyn Park accepts a number of hazardous waste items for disposal. Call 612.348.3777 for details, hours and directions.
  • Use lawn and garden chemicals carefully - When possible, limit the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Many contain harmful chemicals that easily travel through the soil which contaminates stormwater. When using lawn and garden chemicals of any kind, always follow the directions on the product label. Most will not harm the environment when instructions for use are followed.
  • Adopt a storm drain - Leaves, grass clippings and litter are easily carried into the nearest water body through storm drains. It clogs stormwater infrastructure, contributing to street flooding and water pollution. It also harms wildlife. Residents can adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month to help keep waterways clean. Learn more at adopt-a-drain.org.

Learn more about the Shingle Creek Watershed at shinglecreek.org.