On October 13, Girl Scouts from 49 different counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa will be removing 20,000 pounds of phosphorus, preventing 10 million pounds of algae growth and saving $6 million in cleanup costs.
Grass, leaves and pet waste create phosphorus in our lakes and rivers, which feeds algae. When organic debris isn't bagged and properly disposed of or composted, it runs directly into our waterways and turns our clear water green with algae. This depletes the oxygen in the water and makes it hard for fish and other water animals to survive.
Our goal for SLP is we will be having 250 girls volunteering plus 100 adults collecting over 600 bags of debris. How we will be putting this into action by participating in one or more of three activities: 1) a public space cleanup where participants will rake, sweep bag and remove loose dirt, grass and leaves from public spaces where debris accumulates; 2) residential education, in which participants will distribute door hangers informing the community about how they can help Girl Scouts make the world a better place; and 3) storm drain marking, where participants will label storm drains with markers warning citizens to not dump pollutants into them.
On behalf of all of St. Louis Park we are excited to clean up our city and make this even more of a beautiful place to live!
Come and check us out! We will be at Oak Hill Park at 9:00am until 1pm!! And again on Sunday beginning at noon. If you have any questions call me Susan Johnson Coordinator of this event! 612-812-7457.