EAC: Curb your leaf piles, avoid raking into street

The Ecology Action Center holds composting workshops, with one coming up Nov. 13. (Photo Pixabay)

 

By Neil Doyle

NORMAL – It’s leaf raking time in the Twin-Cities and an organization is reminding residents to not rake leaves into the street.

Ecology Action Center assistant director Larissa Armstrong said it’s important to make sure leaves remain on the curb for removal.  Leaves can clog storm drains and cause street flooding, according to Armstrong.

“If in the street, they can get washed into the storm sewer system and that leads to creeks, streams, and lakes, which then takes oxygen out of the water for plants and wildlife living there,” Armstrong said.

Another removal method, composting.

“It really is easy, just use an outdoor bin and you’ll want to include things like fruit, vegetables, coffee ground and eggshells, then add dried leaves, grass, and other plant materials,” said Armstrong.

The EAC offers compost workshops, with an upcoming session Nov. 13.

Other removal tips include keep some leaves in garden bins, and use the lawnmower on a higher setting and keep some of the leaf debris on the ground to act as a natural fertilizer.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

Blogs

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…

Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…