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City of Perryville planting 1,750 trees

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) -

The city of Perryville, Missouri is planting more than 1,750 trees.

On Tuesday, workers started to put the trees in the ground near the Waste Water Treatment Plant, all to prevent erosion.

The problem is erosion along the creek that runs alongside the treatment plant. The bank has already eroded away about 15 feet. That's where the trees come in, city officials say, they'll stop the problem before it gets worse.

“We are hoping to get them in and growing pretty quickly. We've got a lot of ground over here really starting to wash out,” City Worker Mike Comte said.

City leaders say once they're finished, the trees will help stop the creek from breaking away even more.

“When they're established, they'll have a pretty wide-spread root system which will hold the dirt in place. It's pretty similar to your yard and your house, if you don't have any grass holding the dirt down and you get a good rain, all your dirt will kind of wash off the top,” Water Plant Superintendent Jeremy Meyer said.

Meyer said if they don't get a hold on the erosion now, it will stretch much further.

“It's taking dirt away from the field itself. Eventually, if you let it go on long enough, it'll take most of the field,” Meyer said.

Meyer said the Missouri Department of Conservation pays for 90 percent of the project and the city is responsible for the rest and upkeep.

“Try to take care of them, the mowing, the weed eating, we are going to try to do some spraying,” Comte said.

The variety of trees help ensure that at least some species will survive and thrive. Plus, they all serve different purposes.

“We also have the black walnut, looks more like a tree but these here grow so much quicker,” Comte said.

Meyer said not only are they stopping erosion, but also reforesting.

“They'll produce some oxygen so it's more than just erosion,” Meyer said.

One worker with the Missouri Department of Conservation said the practice of planting trees to stop erosion is fairly common. It's also cheaper than the other method of stopping it with rocks.

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