During leaf collection, place leaves on the boulevard and not into the street, gutter, or over catch basins.
Leaves placed in the street may restrict or plug storm drains in your area; additionally, leaves and yard waste that enter the storm sewer system flow directly to a river or other surface water in the area. Proper placement of these materials will reduce the organic waste load entering local bodies of water. For compliance with these requirements, please refer to the information on Municipal Code related to yard waste. Future, similar issues may result in enforcement action per the La Crosse Municipal Code.
INFORMATION FROM MUNICIPAL CODE:
PARKS, RECREATION, BOULEVARDS AND OTHER PUBLIC PLACES - Sec. 34-113. - Grass clippings, leaves and other organic matter.
Grass clippings, leaves, and other organic matter shall not be intentionally discharged, blown, raked, or otherwise placed in the street gutter, or alley.
UTILITIES – DIVISION 4. STORMWATER UTILITY - Sec. 46-213. - Prohibited discharges.
No person shall discharge or cause to be discharged to any storm sewer, catch basin, or to surfaces that drain to storm sewer any substance other than storm water, noncontact cooling water, or other clean water. Specifically, prohibited discharges include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Water containing soap, detergents, solvents, or other cleaning compounds, or mop water or other water contaminated by use for cleaning from industrial, commercial or business operations or activities.
(2) Oil, grease, food materials, human or animal bodily wastes, paint, or water containing these substances.
(3) Any combustible liquid.
(4) Grass, leaves, or other organic materials.
(5) Any other contaminant that is harmful to the storm sewer system or persons working on or in the storm sewer system, or the natural aquatic environment.