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Victory Neighborhood

Water Quality


Do Not Disturb or Clean Up?

When you stay at a hotel you choose which message to hang from the door knob. When you live in a neighborhood with lakes and rivers, you choose both.

It’s easy to see how trash — water bottles, plastic bags, styrofoam containers — is a blight on our lakes and rivers. Not as evident is the harm “natural” waste can do to our water quality. This year, the Victory Neighborhood Environment Committee is spreading the word about how treat pet waste, grass clippings and fallen leaves the water-friendly way.

Here’s how it works: Lawn signs with the Do Not Disturb/Clean Up message are popping up around the neighborhood as a reminder to everyone to pick up pet waste, sweep grass clippings from the sidewalk and street, and rake or bag fallen leaves. There are also door hangers to serve as a neighborly headsup to specific households.

Contact the Victory Neighborhood office if you would like a lawn sign or door hangers.


Clean Up Pet Waste

Rainwater washes pet waste from our lawns into Ryan Lake, Crystal Lake and Shingle Creek.

  • Pet waste contains bacteria that can cause illness.
  • A little poo becomes a lot of ewww! Algae grown from droppings from one dog in one week can blanket 17,000 sf of lake — that’s more than two city lots!
  • Dispose of pet waste properly — it’s the neighborly thing to do.



Clean Up Grass Clippings

Rainwater washes grass clippings from our streets and sidewalks into Ryan Lake, Crystal Lake and Shingle Creek leading to algae blooms that kill fish.

  • There are probably enough grass clippings in your gutter to fill a grocery bag.
  • One grocery bag of clippings grows enough algae in our lakes to cover six city lots.
  • Sweep grass clippings back on to your lawn — it’s free fertilizer!



Clean Up Leaves

Rainwater washes leaves from our lawns into Ryan Lake, Crystal Lake and Shingle Creek.

  • Brown leaves in the street = green water in the lakes.
  • Leaves clog storm drains and flood your street.
  • Chop up leaves for mulch. Bag them for collection. Or add them to your compost.