Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Urban Releaf

Urban Releaf had a group of volunteers working hard in Oakland last Saturday. The team was planting 20 foot saplings along MacArthur Boulevard between Market and San Pablo.

The organization operates in Richmond and Oakland, California. Trees in the blighted areas of a city make a huge difference. Here is a paper describing how planting 1800 trees in Oakland can reduce 9 million gallons of storm water runoff per year from reaching the bay.

The city of Emeryville made a similar effort around the corner on San Pablo Avenue about 15 years ago with wonderful results (below).

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