Monday, October 3, 2016

Keep Leaves Out of Storm Drains

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 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 There are a limited number of training openings available to Spokane Valley residents so be sure and visit the website soon. 


Lawn Mower Wizard said...

Makes me wonder if there's a need for a filter to be fitted as standard over drains... probably a very good reason why this can't be done, but I can't think of it at the moment.

SRTC Staff said...

Good point. All I can think of is, even if they don't go down the actual drain, they would pile up on top, and still not let water enter the drain. Other than that, seems like you could just put a piece of screen under each lid!

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