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Don’t dump things down storm drains …

This is my last post from St. Paul. I promise (I leave about 2:00 p.m. today so it better be).

The mighty Mississippi winds through the Twin Cities. By this point it’s already a big river and the locals spend a lot of time around and on it. 

It stands to reason they take a protective view of the arterial waterway. And that extends to how they treat the river’s final defense against litter and trash: storm drains. I’ve nagged people about these steel barriers before but St. Paul takes it to a whole new level. 


When we arrived at my daughter’s home yesterday, the city had affixed a flyer on the doorknob to let residents know about the importance of these metal buffers. This is good government at work. 

But it got better. 

Painted adjacent to the storm drains is an admonition To “Keep ’em clean. Drains to river.” I love this activism. It makes me think of the rivers I’ve lived next to that could benefit from the same environmental sensitivity: the Missouri, the Platte, the Des Moines and Catawba rivers. Nice to see a big city taking the lead. I wish others would follow suit. 

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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