Ocean Blue News Blog
by Karisa Arterbury
Did you know that planting trees cleans the ocean?
It’s because water flows downstream and inland water sources end up in the ocean eventually.
Here’s a quick rundown of how it works:
1. Trees provide shade for streams and rivers, stabilizing water temperatures. Water that’s too warm grows algae.
2. Trees stabilize river banks, creating a buffer zone and reducing erosion. The more stable a bank is, the cleaner the water will be.
3. Tree roots filter polluted storm water. Before rain water washes dirty streets into waterways, organisms that exist in symbiotic relationships with the trees keep toxins from flowing into waterways.
4. Tree roots suck up excess water. When heavy rains arrive the roots help reduce flooding. Flooding contributes to erosion and polluted storm water runs into streams and rivers.
5. Trees create wildlife habitat and birds spread seeds from native plants to create more habitat.
6. Trees take in carbon emissions so the ocean doesn’t have to.
Ocean Blue is planting Trees for Streams right now along Periwinkle Creek in Albany, Oregon as part of a goal to plant #1millionby2025!
Within a year or two after planting you can rest in the shade under the tree you plant. Not only do trees help clean the ocean, they reduce dependency on coal and provide economic value to communities. Shaded homes require less energy to cool, lowering carbon emissions and reducing energy costs.
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