Consider these river-friendly options:
Leave It: Mulch leaves by running over them with your lawn mower. Leaves & grass clippings are great fertilizer for your lawn.
Rake It: Leaves & Yard Waste must be placed in brown paper composting bags or in a trash container clearly marked “yard waste” or “compost” and are picked up curbside weekly until December 15th. Never rake leaves into or near storm drains, ditches, creeks, or the river. Decaying leaves use up the water’s oxygen, harming aquatic inhabitants.
Or…Rake it and Leave it: Rake leaves into a compost pile for a nutrient-rich fertilizer to use on your garden next spring.