Minneapolis Public Works strives to educate residents about the ways they can improve the water quality in Minneapolis.
The Adopt-A-Drain Program and the Storm Drain Stenciling Program are good examples of outreach initiatives that people can participate in, completely free of charge.
City personnel use state-of-the-art technology and modern training methods to stay well informed in today's ever changing world.
Minneapolis Environmental Services is responsible for enforcing environmental regulations, as well as handling spill clean ups, sometimes with the assistance of Minneapolis Sewer Maintenance staff. They also provide educational brochures and water quality information to the public.
To increase awareness of water quality issues and encourage community involvement, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) staff provides water quality information and education to City residents through:
- Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up
- Minneapolis Salt Mini Course + Pledge
- Heritage Park Self-Guided Stormwater Walking Tour
- Educational programming in Minneapolis schools
- Informational newspaper articles and public service announcements
Water quality education programs are required as part of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, and are funded by the MPRB and the City of Minneapolis.