Ever take a hike or a drive along a scenic river and admired the trees growing along that waterway? Maybe you didn't realize that those trees are doing much more than just looking pretty and providing a place for wildlife to live. Trees and other vegetation along waterways are a vital component of any healthy watershed. By stabilizing banks and intercepting nutrients, water quality is greatly improved. Established root systems resist the erosive power of flood waters and help reduce sediment in streams. Discover the countless benefits that native plants and trees provide toward storm water management at this free program being held in one of the Rocky River's neighboring watersheds: Taking Root for Clean Water. You may very well learn some things that you can take into your own back yard or neighborhood to help improve local water quality and help manage storm water more effectively.