Tree Planting at Mountain Island Lake

Join me tomorrow in Mecklenburg County! Along with American Forests, County of Mecklenburg, Central Piedmont Community College, and the Catawba Riverkeepers, Central Piedmont SC Group members and I will be planting 2,500 trees.

According to study prepared by Chris Paynter, Professor of Geography at Central Piedmont Community College, "When these trees are fully grown the community will realize a savings of $132,937 in stormwater infrastructure costs; additionally, these new trees will sequester 2 tons of carbon per year once they are mature.”

McDowell Creek flows directly into Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s primary source of water. Like many other creeks in this area, it has been left unprotected and vulnerable to deforestation and encroaching suburbia, which leads to shoreline destabilization, flooding, and dirty water.

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