Case Study: City of Grand Forks, ND

Raking in the Pageviews: North Dakota Residents fall in Love with Online Leaf Collection Map

In a survey on the four seasons, YouGov reported that fall is the favorite time of year for most Americans. Even so, enjoying the splendor of autumn foliage soon gives way to the reality of having to blow, rake and haul away leaves once they start to fall.

While some cities have eliminated vacuum leaf pick-up in recent years, the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota, with a population of 55,000, continues to provide the service its residents clearly value.

"The benefits are twofold," explained Grand Forks Communications Specialist John Bernstrom. "Vacuum collection keeps leaves out of our storm sewers and we use the collected leaves for cover on our landfill. It's one of those services that our community likes, but residents want to know when their leaves are going to be picked up."