Waterwise Wednesday: Arbor Day

Photo © Melinda Nagy

Trees help manage manage stormwater runoff and protect water by reducing runoff that can carry pollutants to waterways.

– Tree leaves help reduce erosion caused by falling rain by intercepting droplets

– Trees provide surface area for rain to land and evaporate on their leaves, branches and bark.

-Tree roots soak up water and create soil conditions in the soil that promote infiltration.

– Trees can filter pollutants out of the water that moves through their cells and even the soil near the roots.

Plant a tree on Arbor Day, Nebraska’s homegrown holiday, next Saturday, April 30.

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