Don't blow leaves into canals or any water bodies
Section 30-828(o) of the Village Code
Do not sweep or blow leaves or other vegetation into canals, any water bodies or wetlands or into stormwater drains. Many homeowners who reside along our canals and shorelines incorrectly assume that vegetation will naturally and harmlessly decay in the waterway. The assumption is not correct. Yes, the material is biodegradable, and that is the reason why it is detrimental to the canal’s health.
Leaves and yard waste blown or dumped into the waterways are now lying on the bottom decomposing, using up the oxygen in the water. As the plant matter decomposes, important dissolved oxygen for the plants and animals is used up. Additionally, blowing of vegetative material into canals and waterways can increase nutrient loading which fuels the growth of algae, leading to harmful blooms.
The solution? Homeowners can place up to six cans of yard waste (vegetation) at the curbside for weekly collection.
Want to try your hand at composting your yard waste? Learn about composting on the UF/IFAS Extension Services website.