Stencil a Storm Drain
If you are a resident of St. Cloud, you can help reduce water pollution by stenciling storm drains with the message "No Dumping; Drains to River."
Getting started is as simple as calling Shane Lund or Noah Czech at 320.255.7226.
While no formal program exists, we encourage any central Minnesota resident who has a storm drain in their neighborhood to make a difference by regularly picking up trash and debris on and around these drains.
Community Clean-Ups for Water Quality
Community Clean-Ups for Water Quality are local projects that can significantly reduce the phosphorus flowing into our local lakes, rivers and streams. Volunteers rake, sweep and bag leaves and debris.
Additional information is available from the Freshwater Society.
The Adopt-A-River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to "adopt" a section of a river, lake, wetland, ditch or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups. The Adopt-A-River Program is part of the Department of Natural Resources' Trails and Waterways Division.
Adopt-A-Highway is a program for environmentally conscious volunteers to pick up litter along Minnesota’s highways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation details how to sign up.
Citizen Lake and Stream Monitoring
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency coordinates two volunteer monitoring programs: the Citizen Lake Monitoring Program and the Citizen Stream Monitoring Program. Minnesota is blessed with an abundance of lakes and streams, so much so that MPCA staff does not have resources to monitor them all. Volunteer monitoring increases the amount of water quality data gathered and helps connect citizens to the water.
Information on both programs can be found on Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's website.