Trees as Stormwater Managers

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Trees - a growing solution to stormwater management… on this CurrentCast.

If you’ve stood under a tree to stay dry during a storm, you know that leaves and branches can slow or even stop raindrops.

Trees and shoreline

Ted Endreny of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry says in a drizzle…

Many of those captured raindrops evaporate off the tree leaves. But even the rain that does make its way through the canopy is unlikely to pool or run directly off into storm drains.

Endreny: “If we have a tree, we typically have a permeable soil area.”

That allows water to soak into the ground, passing through roots and organic matter that purify it. So less - and cleaner - stormwater ends up in local rivers.

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So much rain - the consequences in Georgian Bay. Click here for the PDF of Sept 2017 email
Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping Click here.
Less is more when it comes to run-off. Click here.
Sara Carter talks about confronting the realities of more extreme weather events. Click here for the Nov 2017 blog