Proper Disposal of Yard Waste
Yard waste can pose a significant threat to streams and lakes. Debris such as branches and leaves are often inappropriately dumped on streambanks and in the channels.
When piled up on the streambanks, yard waste often kills riparian (streamside) vegetation that is critical for reducing bank erosion and filtering the water. Yard waste that is thrown directly into the stream can cause an influx of nutrients to the ecosystem.