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Stormwater Detention Basin Planting Gets Underway at SCCC

Wednesday, November 25, 2020



Students in Professor Erin Collins’ Introduction to Soil Science lab class recently began planting trees and shrubs within one of the large stormwater detention basins at SCCC. The detention basin planting took place as a phytoremediation strategy. Phytoremediation is the process of using plants to treat pollution by removing unwanted materials from the soil that could harm local water supplies. Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is home to the headwaters, or start, of the Paulins Kill River so reducing the amount of pollution that flows off of the community college campus will help to keep the Paulins Kill River clean. This is especially important because the Paulins Kill flows into the Delaware River, which is a drinking water source for over 15 million people in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.