How a church parking lot in Detroit is helping the environment

Vegetation soaks up runoff rainwater

DETROIT – What might look like just a parking lot is actually so much more.

Thursday is Earth Day. Valerie Strassberg is with The Nature Conservancy and she explained what’s going on underneath the surface of the parking lot.

A development in Sacred Heart’s parking lot in Eastern Market is helping reduce flooding in Detroit. Now, instead of going into the sewer system runoff rainwater is soaked up into vegetation.

The vegetation that was planted is just part of the plan to help with Detroit’s aging infrastructure issues.

Strassberg hopes the project will be duplicated in other parts of Detroit.

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