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San Marco Trees to Be Replaced With Bio-Swale
San Marco Trees to Be Replaced With Bio-Swale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The live oak trees along LaSalle Street near the San Marco library -- all but one, anyway -- are gone.

City Council member Lori Boyer, whose district includes San Marco, said in October that the trees had to come down because they were no longer viable.

PICTURES: Trees Removed near San Marco Library

This weekend, the city is putting in the replacement.

It's not going to be new oak trees, but rather a first for Jacksonville: a vegetative swale, or bio-swale.

The idea behind a swale is to help reduce runoff into the nearby St. Johns River, runoff that can carry nutrients and fertilizers into the river.  The swale should filter some of the pollutants and allow some of the runoff to return to the ground rather than the river.

The swale will serve as an alternative to a traditional storm drain.  It will be made of native grasses, plants and trees, according to a news release from Coca-Cola, who is putting up $10,000 in cooperation with the St. Johns Riverkeeper for the project.

Coca-cola employees and volunteers from St. Johns Riverkeeper will construct the swale Saturday, with help from local experts.

The work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., with an unveiling set for 12:30 p.m.  In preparation, trees have already been planted in the area.

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