Greener, healthier public spaces good for avoiding sewer discharge

Greening of Detroit plantingThe Greening of Detroit, along with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments are partnering to transform 10 vacant residential property lots in the city’s Cody Rouge neighborhood into greener, healthier public spaces.

On Wednesday, June 5th 2013, members from those groups were present at a tree planting on a vacant residential lot at 8601 Brace street in Detroit.

The tree planting is intended to help with stormwater management as the Cody Rouge neighborhood is connected to a combined sewer overflow system. After heavy rainfall, the system can result in street flooding and septic discharge. The tree planting and other land treatments (such as low grow prairies, rye and flower mixes, and wildflower planting) help absorb the stormwater and reduce the overflows and septic discharge issues.

The planting of greenery throughout the city also provides neighborhoods with an improved appearance and help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing hear, and absorbing pollutants such as carbon minoxide, sulfur and nitrogen dioxide.

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