Trash on lake

If trash is not removed before the ice melts, it ends up in the lake or river, where it can pollute the water and harm aquatic life.

With less than a month to remove ice shelters from the lakes in Scott County (deadline is March 7), the Scott County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to remove not only the shelters, but everything else that was brought onto the lake.

It is illegal to improperly dispose of garbage or to leave shelters (or pieces of them) on the ice anywhere in Minnesota, according to a SCSO news release.

Trash left behind can also have an impact on the environment — if it is not removed before the ice melts, it ends up in the lake or river, where it can pollute the water and harm aquatic life.

“It’s difficult for us to catch people littering since we can’t be everywhere at once,” Sheriff Luke Hennen said in a news release. “Our residents are the eyes and ears of our community, so we encourage people to contact us if they see littering in progress or to report any litter they encounter.”

There are several ways to report it in Scott County:

  • Call the sheriff’s office non-emergency line at 952-445-1411
  • Submit a Crime Tip using the online form found on the sheriff’s office website under “Community”
  • Call Crime Stoppers toll free from anywhere in Minnesota (1-800-222-TIPS [8477]) or use their online form on their website at www.CrimeStoppersMN.org

For information on ice shelter removal deadlines, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/fishing/shelter.html

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