Detroit Lakes' Clean Water Message

Detroit Lakes' Clean Water Message Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--With the onset of the fall season--the yard work it entails, and this particularly wet year, the City of Detroit Lakes wants residents to take necessary steps to help keep our water clean free of phosphates and other pollutants.

Tom Gulon from Detroit Lakes Public Works says you may have already noticed some newly painted messages near stormwater drains around the city.

Gulon says with help from a group of college students this summer the message "Don't Dump. Protect Your Water," has literally appeared across the city. He says the crew from Concordia College Cross Country Team spray painted the stenciled message from drains near the Arena to the Holiday Inn.

Detroit Lakes goes to great efforts to keep the water clean as water quality standards are held higher because of a uniquely sensitive environment and ecosystem that includes a freshwater trout stream within the city's park system.

Gulon says more storm drain messages will appear each year across the city's sections and the long-range plan is to engage and educate area youth through the schools about protecting the environment. Another aspect of protection of water quality in Detroit Lakes is it's stormwater catch basins and rain gardens used to naturally filter out the sediment.

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