Many Chicagoans consider Lake Michigan to be one of our greatest sources of fresh water. But, did you know that trees are a huge source of fresh water too? Here are a few little-known facts about how trees are vital to our water supply:
- Trees absorb water and release it into the atmosphere—the average tree breathes out 250-400 or more gallons of water in one day.
- Working as a team with the world’s oceans, trees form half of Earth’s rain cycle. Trees maintain the rain cycle thousands of miles from the closest oceans, keeping our planet hydrated from coast to coast.
- Because of trees’ huge impact on the amount of water surrounding them, deserts can easily form if trees are not present, according to this article here. Where trees do not exist, water does not exist.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, trees also reduce flooding by intercepting approximately 1,000 gallons of water per year per mature tree!
- Trees improve water quality by filtering particulate matter that would otherwise end up in sewers and, eventually, the rivers and lakes that are so important to Chicagoans.
Save water the easy way– by saving our trees! Learn how.