As the leaves begin to change color around town, the City of Tiffin is asking residents to practice good stormwater management practices with their leaves and yard debris. Falling leaves tend to plug catch basins and storm drains very quickly. These plugs cause local flooding in streets and yards, increasing the risk of basement flooding and other water damage. The first line of defense against this problem comes from our individual residents who continue to embrace our Stormwater Management Program and keep their homes and surrounding areas clean and free of excess yard waste and leaves.
We know that this effort can be difficult, depending on the quantity and species of trees at your residence. Don’t forget to consider different options in the process. Many residents find success using their lawnmowers to mulch reasonable amounts of leaves in place. Make sure to aim your lawnmower’s chute away from roadways and drains, and let the organic matter help amend your soil.
Our City crews will implement the leaf bag collection program soon. Look for a press release next week for details. Also, don’t forget that the Water Pollution Control Center, 961 N. Water St., is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to accept plant cuttings and leaves. All of these options help us maintain the City’s infrastructure and environment, and we notice and appreciate your efforts we see around town every day.
Finally, always remember to contact us if you detect anything out of the ordinary draining into our storm drains or waterways throughout town. Any illicit discharges should be reported to the Public Works Department (419-448-5430, Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or after hours to the Police Department Dispatch Office (419-447-2323).
Brandon W. Burner, P.E., PMP
Public Works Superintendent