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Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees

The benefits of trees as stormwater management practices, especially in urban and suburban settings, have recently been more widely recognized. Here, we summarize recent work describing and quantifying the stormwater management benefits of trees, especially at the individual tree and property/site scales.

Three primary processes—interception, transpiration, and infiltration—can reduce the amount of rain falling on trees that becomes stormwater runoff.  Pollutant removal is another important function performed both by trees and by the soils they grow in.

J. Moore, A. Macrellis, K. Bailey
Date Published
March 2014
Stone Environmental, Inc
Montpelier, VT
Publication Number
Stone Project ID 12-161
Resource Format
Hydrology, Infrastructure (green), Stormwater Management
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