Leaves can clog drains, causing this kind of mess.

The many-colored leaves are beautiful right now, but not so pretty when they are clogging storm
drains. The City of Spokane Valley is asking for your help to keep leaves out of storm drains. 

When too many leaves get into the drains, they can cause standing water that damages roadways, creates a driving
hazard, and may flood adjacent properties. Wet leaves can also make sidewalks
and roadways slippery for pedestrians and vehicles.

You can help by keeping leaves and
debris from your yard out of the street, off the public sidewalk, and away from
storm drains. Here  are some tips from the City of Spokane Valley Stormwater Division
to manage all those leaves and make your
lawn and garden healthier: 

  • Raking
    frequently helps your grass get needed sunlight and oxygen.
  • Bag up those leaves and take them to the
    Spokane Valley University Road Transfer Station at 2405 N. University
    Road.Find information and disposal rates at www.spokanevalley.org/solidwaste by selecting the “Yard Waste/Organics”
    link, or by calling 509-924-5678.
  • Another option is to mow over dry leaves
    using a mulching blade on your mower and leave them in place to provide
    nutrients for your lawn.
  • Pile leaves on bare areas in vegetable
    gardens and flower beds, or around the base of trees.Spray with a little
    water to help generate topsoil that can absorb more water next year and
    reduce watering needs.
  • Lean how easy it is to turn leaves and
    debris into organic compost that can provide nutrients for healthier
    trees, lawns and gardens.Find more information on composting, as well as
    opportunities for training to become a Master Composter, at www.spokanecounty.org/2024/Master-Composter-Program. There are a limited number of training openings
    available to Spokane Valley residents so be sure and visit the website
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