Girl Scouts mark their centennial with service

Local Girl Scout troops will celebrate a centennial day of service this weekend by volunteering at Square Lake Park.

The Girl Scouts will work together to improve their local watersheds by raking leaves, removing grass from storm drain surfaces and public areas and distributing educational door hangers in neighborhoods.

They will also mark storm drains with an “Only rain down the storm drain” message to raise awareness about water quality.

The project brings together thousands of girls and adult volunteers from 49 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Girl Scouts are engaging in this day of service because every year waterways are polluted with runoff and other contaminants.

The day of service is designed to remove 20,000 pounds of phosphorus, prevent 10 million pounds of algae growth and save $6 million in clean-up costs.

The local troop event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Square Lake Park.