With all the flooding we’ve experienced around the country this year (and around the globe), it’s important we think about water quality. So it is a fitting reminder that August is National Water Quality Month. As native plant enthusiasts however, we already know we are doing our part to maintain water quality.
Native Plants and Water
Native plants — planted in the right place — do not require artificially provided potable water from a hose to survive. With their intense, sometimes very long, root systems native plants draw all the water they need from the soil in which they grow. These splendid root systems also serve to reduce water runoff by allowing the water to percolate deep into the soil instead of running directly to a nearby storm sewer, ditch or paved road. Some of these amazing root systems also serve to cleanse contaminants from the runoff preventing this pollution from getting into our natural waterways.
So besides providing habitat for our wildlife species, native plant enthusiasts are also providing a water quality service all year round and not just in August. Pat yourselves on the back! You deserve an atta-boy!! You deserve our thanks!!!
What to do to maintain Water Quality
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