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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Speaker: Native Plants Benefit River

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The answer to reducing pollution in central Virginia's rivers might be right in your backyard.

Robert Jennings of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says non-native plants generally have shallow roots, which allow soil to get washed into our rivers during a storm. These include the poinsettia you buy for Christmas and the short green grass on your lawn.

"Our streams aren't adapted and the critters living in there aren't adapted to dirty water like that. So when you have these, our native plants, using ‘bayscaping’ with trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses, the deeper roots and the more stems hold the soil in place when there's a rain,” Jennings said.

Jennings is speaking Wednesday night at Saint Mark Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. to explain further what we all can do to curb runoff. The event is open to the public.

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