Keeping Our Water Clean

Storm Water Runoff

The City of Coon Rapids assists in educating the public on improving storm water quality within the City and areas downstream. All storm water runoff within the city eventually drains to the Mississippi River. There are numerous ponds and pipe systems throughout Coon Rapids that drain to creeks within the city such as:
  • Coon Creek
  • Pleasure Creek
  • Riverview Creek
  • Sand Creek
  • Spring Brook
Some drainage systems drain directly to the Mississippi River or Crooked Lake.

Get Involved

Everyone has a responsibility to take steps to keep our water resources clean. Please do your part to keep our surface waters clean! Here are some things you can do to help:

Household Waste

  • Never dump used motor oil, antifreeze, paint, etc. into storm drain inlets or ditches and ponds. If you see a neighbor or someone doing this, report it to the city at once by calling the City Engineer at 763-767-6465 or call the police at 911.
  • Recycle or properly dispose of at a hazardous waste site. The Recycle Center is located at the Public Works building.
  • To dispose of hazardous waste, please call call 763-324-3400.

Yard Waste

Keep lawn fertilizer off your driveway and street as it will run directly to the storm drain system and into the surface water system.
Keep grass clippings off the street and driveway. They not only cause plugging of inlet grates but add to impaired water quality.
Never dump leaves and grass clippings into ditches. They plug the drainage system and add to impaired water quality. The Anoka County Compost Site is located at 133rd Avenue and Hanson Boulevard.

Runoff From City Roads

City Ordinance requires you to pave your driveway if it is still gravel or dirt. Unpaved areas erode into the street and the soils get to the storm drain system where they plug the system and fill pond areas.

If you are doing any kind of building addition or landscaping work, keep the dirt from getting on the driveway and street where it will get into the storm drain system. If dirt spills onto the street sweep it up and contain it on your site. If erosion of soils is a problem, installation of a silt fence may be required along the street to contain the soils on site.