The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is cooler, and the college football season is in full swing. Fall is my favorite time of year in Indiana!
Do you have a plan for disposal of your leaves this year? Although leaves may seem harmless, and are biodegradable, excess leaves pose a threat to water quality. In large quantities, leaves block drains and contribute to localized flooding. In small quantities, the rain washes leaves down stormwater drains and they make their way into our lakes and streams. Once they get into the water, excess leaves shade aquatic life that need sun to live; decomposing leaves release nutrients that stimulate algae growth and algae blooms can lead to fish kills.