Planting a tree is a great way to keep our waterways clean, healthy and beautiful. They’re a natural barrier that helps reduce stormwater runoff into our streams, rivers and lakes.
- When it rains, trees hold the water in their leaves and branches.
- They direct water into the soil and filter it with their roots.
- Their roots hold soil in place to prevent erosion.
- They also capture polluted stormwater runoff from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots so it doesn’t flow into our area waterways.
- In fact, a single mature tree with a 30-foot crown can intercept more than 700 gallons of rain each year.
Talk to your local nursery to find the tree that’s right for your location and soil type. During the first year, a new tree needs extra TLC. It should be staked loosely, watered during the summer and protected from the wind.
So, go ahead and plant a tree. You’ll add a beautiful natural element to your yard and your new tree will help our streams, rivers and lakes.
Simple steps that you take to help our waterways can make a difference because it all adds up.