Trees reduce stormwater runoff and the pollutants it carries into Salem streams. Some ways trees improve Salem streams include:
- Blocking rain with their leaves, branches and trunks
- Soaking up water through the its roots
- Releasing water back to the air through its leaves
- Reducing erosion
- Stabilizing stream banks
- Cooling water temperature by shading streams
How you can help
Plant a tree in your yard, especially near your driveway, where it can help reduce stormwater runoff, increase your property value, and provide year-round beauty.
Work with your neighbors and neighborhood association to beautify your street with trees. Contact the City for assistance in selecting and planting street trees.
Apply for a Watershed Grant to protect or improve the health of our watersheds.