Public Works

The Public Works Department is made up of four divisions which include: Engineering, Street, Parks and Fleet Maintenance, Stormwater, and Wastewater Treatment. Additional details of the specific responsibilities for each division, along with contact information, can be found on the respective links to the left.

Where Does Sweeping Debris End Up?Sweeping Debris Removed

From spring until fall Elk River Public Works crews are routinely running street sweepers through the city, picking up hazards to roads and waterways like sand, salt, leaves, grass clippings, litter and more.

Have you ever wondered what happens to that material once it’s swept up? In Elk River, sweeping debris has a designated drop-off location selected because of its proximity far from any waterways, adjacent to the Maintenance Facility. Recently, two years’ worth of sweeping debris totaling roughly 1,100 tons was removed from the site for disposal. Because the sweepings are made up of a variety of materials, it is not ideal for reuse on public land. The sweeping are deposited at a nearby landfill and used for daily cover.