Menomonie (WQOW) – Not only is leaving your grass clippings on the road a mess, it is illegal as well. That is the message the Menomonie Police Department is trying to get across to the public.
Menomonie city ordinance says this can pose a hazard to citizens and the environment.
According to Menomonie police, lawn clippings in the street contribute to the pollution of our local watershed: storm drains become clogged, the storm water runoff deposits in to our local waters, and grass clippings have a high degree of nutrients that are harmful to water quality.
Additionally, grass clippings in the roadway cause tires to lose traction, which can cause vehicles to have difficulty maintaining control and is extremely dangerous for motorcyclists.
Menomonie police recommend you blow the grass back into your yard or sweep it up.
In fact, the same rule applies in the city of Eau Claire.
According to Eau Claire city ordinance 13.16.010:
No person shall place, deposit or cast or cause to be placed, deposited or cast upon any street, alley, gutter, sidewalk or public ground within the city any grass clippings, leaves, ashes, rubbish, paper, snow or ice or anything or substance whatever which may obstruct any such street, alley, gutter, sidewalk or public ground, or impede, hinder or endanger travel thereon, or which shall or may injure or disfigure the same, or tend to the injury or disfigurement thereof, or tend to render the same unclean or a nuisance; nor shall any person cause or suffer any motor vehicle or other vehicle, or any box, crate, bale, package, merchandise or other thing to stand or be in or upon any such street, alley, sidewalk or public ground longer than may be actually necessary, under a penalty of up to $50 for each and every offense