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Mon., July 15, 2013, 6:10 p.m.

Tree project aims to protect aquifer

Idaho Department of Lands foresters inspect the poplar plantation at the Hayden sewer plant, where the trees slurp up treated wastewater to keep it from reaching the aquifer (IDL)
Idaho Department of Lands foresters inspect the poplar plantation at the Hayden sewer plant, where the trees slurp up treated wastewater to keep it from reaching the aquifer (IDL)

A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has wrapped up, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost for a Hayden program that uses poplar trees to drink up treated wastewater, and various efforts to promote forest health throughout the North Idaho-Spokane region. “Knowing how trees could benefit the aquifer, we had a really unique opportunity,” said Mary Fritz, program planning specialist for the Idaho Department of Lands in Coeur d’Alene.

The department secured a $300,000 federal grant, which was matched with local funds from an array of agencies including the Idaho department and the Washington Department of Natural Resources; cities, utilities, private landowners, the Washington State University Extension, Spokane County Conservation District and more. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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