ReLeaf Washington adds trees to campus wetland

ReLeaf Washington, in partnership with Beaufort County Community College, planted six trees on the college’s campus on Dec. 8. The project complements a newly constructed wetland developed by Sound Rivers.

The .2-acre wetland captures the first 1.5 inches of rainfall from surrounding rooftops and parking lots on 18 acres and slowly releases it into Broad Creek over the course of three days, removing pollution in the process. The wetlands can hold 140,000 gallons of stormwater. The addition of trees (three winterberries, a bald cypress, a sweet bay magnolia and an Atlantic white cedar) will help to further clean the water while beautifying the project and creating wildlife habitat.

ReLeaf Washington’s mission is to plant, promote and protect trees in and around the original Washington. The project was facilitated and funded in part by Clay Carter, BCCC’s director of personal enrichment and ReLeaf member.

Pictured from left to right in above photo are Clay Barber, environmental projects coordinator for Sound Rivers; Mack Simpson, vice-chair of ReLeaf Washington; Dick Leach, ReLeaf Washington board member, Gerald Perry, BCCC grounds maintenance coordinator; and Clay Carter, BCCC director of personal enrichment. (Beaufort County Community College)