Trees as a stormwater treatment alternative
October 10, 2007

A number of communities are using new regulations on tree planting to encourage developers to use tree canopies for stormwater management. They can't handle all of the runoff created by our impervious surfaces (like streets, driveways, parking lots, and buildings) on their own, but certain trees are very good at capturing stormwater and stabilizing the soil. Given the rise of federal regulations on stormwater treatment and runoff, it seems likely that more tree-related regulations will find their way onto the books in the near future.

last revised October 2007