Last Year’s CCC Results

CCC 2018 RESULTS

Total Demonstration Houses Organized: 74

(70 returning and 4 new)

Combined curb footage cleaned of leaves each week: 8,133 feet

At the end of November we ask each DH in our network to report to us how many feet of curb they took responsibility for keeping clean of leaf litter once a week during the 6 to 8 weeks of leaf drop season. We also ask neighbors from the broader Como neighborhood to also share with us if they cleaned leaf litter from their curb once or more times during the fall.

We then take this info and PLUG IT INTO OUR FORMULA provided by University of MN scientist, Dr. Sarah Hobbie:

8,133 feet of curb cleaned x .00125 pounds of P prevented per foot cleaned = 10.17 pounds of phosphorus prevented from local waters: Como Lake and the Mississippi River.

COST COMPARISON

CCC project grant: $0 (we chose to forgo grant money again this year!)

Pounds of P prevented: 10.17

Cost per pound of P prevented = $0!

The ‘mean’ of feet of curb cleaned: 80.5

The ‘median’ of feet of curb cleaned: 40

Discussion:

Interestingly, though we had fewer DHs in 2018, we actually increased the amount of curb footage cleaned. This is because many DHs have increased the area they are taking responsibility for AND because we collected info from neighbors who are not, formally, part of the Como Curb Cleanup, but who none-the-less cleared leaves from their curb at least once.

THANK YOU NEIGHBORS!!  Together, we are making a significant impact in preventing excessive phosphorus from entering our beloved Como Lake and Mississippi River, thereby preventing 5,085 tons of noxious algae!!

Como Curb Cleanup Overview

Demonstration Houses

Video: Make a Simple Composter

Backyard Composting 101

Como Lakeshed Map

Research on Leaves and Stormwater

Photos of Como Curb Cleaners

Downloadable CCC Promo Materials

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