As part of Earth Week activities, volunteers are gathering along the tidal banks of the St. Jones River in Dover’s Memorial Park today to plant native trees.
The project is designed to create a buffer of native trees and shrubs that will improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff, sediment and excess nutrients from entering the river. St. Jones Watershed Coordinator Brittany Benson says “the project will reduce flooding and improve the health of the St. Jones River for years to come.” C.F. Schwartz Motors donated the trees, and the City of Dover and federal grants obtained by DNREC’s Delaware Coastal and Nonpoint Source Pollution Programs funded the project. This is the sixth planting in the Silver Lake Revitalization Project. At two previous events held in 2009, approximately 60 volunteers planted more than 184 trees and 500 shrubs on almost five acres of buffer along the banks of the St. Jones River.