Willows and Poplars, two common Phytoremediation species, hard at work cleaning the soil in the Great Lakes Region.
Photo credit: Ron Zalesny. Source: USDA

“In the Great Lakes Region, phytoremediation work is expanding on a massive scale mainly due to word-of-mouth endorsement, according to Ron Zalesny, a research plant geneticist with the Forest Service‚Äôs Northern Research Station. Altogether, there are 20,000 trees planted in 16 phytoremediation sites in the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior watersheds.”

Find out more about how “Trees can do the dirty work of waste cleanup” here.