Letters to the Editor

Trees ease pollution

Re the Aug. 7 article, Some worry storm water hurts bay: Both Miami Beach and Miami have assured us that they will monitor the bay. My question is, What will happen if they find serious pollution?

The one thing they seem to ignore is an EPA report, Stormwater to Street Trees, that suggests that we’re vastly underusing trees to help with this problem. On West Avenue it isn’t apparent that they will consider making the sidewalks more permeable where the trees are located.

This would allow for larger tree canopies that would in turn absorb more of the stormwater and also allow stormwater to be filtered through dirt, which studies have found to be the cheapest and most effective way to filter pollutants. Fresh water that’s being invaded by salt water would also be helped.

George Dandridge, Miami Beach