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The Cities of St. Cloud, Minneapolis, and St. Paul are participating in a program to allow residents to adopt storm drains in their neighborhood. The goal of the new Adopt-a-Drain program is to engage residents in protecting area rivers, lakes and wetlands by volunteering to keep their adopted storm drains clear of sediment, trash, yard waste and debris.

Keeping storm drains clean protects waterways from polluted stormwater runoff that flows unfiltered from our streets into local waterways. In addition to trash, road salt and chemicals, organic debris like leaves and grass clippings also threaten the health of our waters. Decaying leaves and grass that wash into storm drains release nutrients into lakes and rivers that feed excess growth of algae.


Source Water Protection

Project Summary

 SWP Team Members Related Projects

The Upper Mississippi River Source Water Protection Project (UMRSWPP) was formed by the cities of
St. Cloud, Minneapolis, and St. Paul
, along with
local units of government, to partner together for Source Water protection of the Upper Mississippi River.

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The Mighty Mississippi

Communities up and down the river
use the Mississippi to obtain fresh drinking water and to discharge their industrial and municipal waste waters. We do not have accurate figures on water use for the entire Mississippi River Basin, but do have some clues.

A January 2000 study published by the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee states that close to 15 million people rely on the Mississippi River, or its tributaries, in the upper half of the river basin (from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Cairo, Illinois). Another frequently cited figure of 18 million people using the Mississippi River watershed for drinking water supply comes from a 1980's study by the Upper Mississippi River Basin Committee. The US Environmental Protection Agency simply says that more than 50 communities rely on the Mississippi for daily drinking water supplies.


What's New
*2020-2021 UMRSWPP Newsletter
*Video: Farm Bill key in protecting water
*2020 UMRSWPP Newsletter
*2018 UMRSWPP Report
*St. Cloud SWP Implementation Projects
UMRSWPP Interactive Web Site
Media Campaign Video
Crow River Sediment Fingerprinting
*Surficial Geology & Geomorphology Map
*S Fork Crow River MGS Report & Map Legend
NPS: Water Resources Info & Issues Overview
*UMRSWPP Time of Travel Charts
*Mississippi River Seepage Study
*USGS Streamflow Measurement Data - Link




            Mississippi River at Little Falls, Minnesota
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