Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson thanked ITCTransmission of Novi, Michigan today for awarding the county a $100,000 matching grant to plant trees on public land in the Rouge Watershed in Farmington Hills, Novi and West Bloomfield. ITC's grant doubles the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative $100,000 grant to Oakland County which together will help plant about 850 trees at 20 separate locations.
The 850 trees, when mature, will have the following impact, according to the USDA:
- They will remove more than 20 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per year
- They will release enough oxygen in a year to sustain 1,700 humans
- They will reduce runoff caused by rainfall by up to 850,000 gallons per year
- And each of these trees will be capable of reducing noise pollution by 10 decibels