Plant More Plants To Help Restore The Chesapeake

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeowners in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are being encouraged to plant more plants this spring to help Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

The effort announced Tuesday by the Chesapeake Bay Program aims to increase planting as a way to decrease stormwater runoff and erosion, both of which harm bay water quality.

Urban and suburban runoff is a growing pollution source in the bay watershed and organizers say many homeowners don’t realize the connection between their yards and lawns and the bay. Excess fertilizers placed on lawns that aren’t used by plants, for example, feed oxygen-robbing algae blooms once they reach the Chesapeake.

Planting native trees, shrubs and perennials can help filter stormwater and prevent runoff of pollutants.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • starpower

    What’s next, growing WEED to help the bay? What a waste of our time & such a croc of s…..t this report is.

  • Monroe

    How about a good talk with the SHA about wanton forest destruction when road building and not replanting native species? The SHA has probably only replaced 1% or the land it has deforested.

  • Monroe

    Another cause of runoff blame lays with developers who completely clear land they are building on and replace only flowering trees if any at all. They should be made to replant at least 40% of what they destroy, especially commercial developers.

  • cc

    They charge $7.50 on your water bill for the bay restoration. What is that money used for? The mininum water bill is $70.59 if you use it or not. Why aren’t you charged for what you use?

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