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Trees: Nature’s Water Filter? UT Study Hopes to Prove So

For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by UT was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000.

The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.

UT’s Jon Hathaway, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said that the team’s concept came about because little research has been done on the effect of urban trees on runoff.

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