Monday, May 08, 2000, 11:15:47 AM, you posted what appears to be a
JG> Here is a question concerning planting trees and grasses in
It's a waste water issue concerning phytoremediation.
JG> Does anyone have any advice for the person?
It would have been good to include "the person"'s email address.
> "I am planning a phytoremediation study (cleaning up chemicals
> with plants), and I am looking for a way to control water inflow
> into the ground with plants. Therefore, I am looking for either a
> fast-transpiring evergreen bush or tree, or an understory
> cold-weather grass or cover material that can be planted
> underneath deciduous trees to evapotranspire during much of the
> leaf-off periods. (I am planning to try hybrid poplars as the
> overstory tree.) Do you have any ideas?
It's not clear that the person is looking for direct remediation;
uptake and tranformation of designated waste products.
> Also, I am trying to estimate a water balance for these plantings.
> Do you have any guidance on how to estimate total
> evapotranspiration for various cover types?"
There are other factors involved (i.e. soil, temperature, cloud
cover) and neither the goal nor the mechanism is clearly stated.
I was going to suggest that the person contact vita.org. They have
people who deal with the things I assumed she or he was looking. But
I don't know if VITA will get involved with something for Delaware
(they helped me get together what I needed to evaluate a wate water
issue in Jalisco some time back) and I'm not sure whether what's
being looked for is viable.
A plant that takes up a lot water is wanted? Water lilies have been
used for this (waste water phytoremediation) and there are other
water loving succulent plants that thrive in damp earth, like
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