Avoided Stormwater Runoff by Species
Different species in the district have varying effects on avoided stormwater runoff based on their total leaf area.
In D.C., tulip and beech trees account for the highest cubic feet of avoided runoff — while crape myrtles account
for the least by over 1 million cubic feet. Despite the fact that there are twice as many crepe myrtles, they mitigate
far less stormwater runoff.
Knowing this information can help us advocate for planting trees that naturally grow larger, like elms or tulip trees.
Healthy waterways are integral to the vitality of our community. Using trees as a solution, we can clean those waterways
naturally for less while beautifying our city.