Keeping Minnesota’s drinking water clean is a difficult job, according to the Post-Bulletin. Officials have to deal with runoff consisting of things like soap, fertilizer or salt that wash off roadways and driveways.
As a result, experts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have released a resources book that can be used for classroom instruction, called Water Ways. They are also offering tips to keep water clean in the state.
Experts say not to feed geese because their droppings can contribute to pollutants in waterways. Phosphorus-free fertilizers should be used on lawns or crops and grass clippings can be used to create a less phosphorus rich mulch that will contribute less to algal blooms.