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Ozarks at Large Stories

Excess Urban Leaf Litter Can Clog Storm Drains, Impair Water Quality

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J. Froelich
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KUAF
Benton County Extension Service water quality expert Trish Ouei stands inside an old hand-built stormwater drain in Fayetteville's historic district.

Leaves are falling across the Ozarks, and rather than bagging them up or composting, certain urban property owners, rake and blow leaves into streets to be washed away by rains. But all those dead leaves can impair drainage systems as well as water quality, says Trish Ouei, Extension Service Urban Stormwater Education Program director for Washington and Benton Counties.

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