Soon to be transported to the compost bin.

Leaves along the street can clog stormwater inlets

While city and county decision-makers struggle with which services to cut each year, there is one necessary expense that residents can help reduce.

Stormwater inlets, those grated drains located curbside on many streets prevent roadway flooding by transporting rainwater to the closest river or stream. When these drains become blocked by grass clippings, leaves and litter, rainwater puddles, pools and then floods roadways. Small rains can also cause problems for blocked stormwater inlets because both the catch-basin and road gutter become mosquito breeding grounds. Even small amounts of standing water can support mosquitoes that carry diseases.

The local government then must pay to clean the stormwater inlets in order to maintain safe roads and reduce disease vectors—functions difficult to ignore, even with tight budgets. So how can residents help? Extend your concern beyond your lawn and the sidewalk to include the roadway gutter, if you have one.

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