BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- To celebrate arbor day, fifth-grade students from MacArthur Elementary school planted dozens of seedlings along the Susquehanna River.
This event was possible thanks to a collaboration between Binghamton Mayor Rich David, Binghamton Parks Department, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Not only are these trees good for the environment but they are also part of the flood prevention system along the Susquehanna River. Students from MacArthur Elementary were specifically tasked with planting the trees because the old school was destroyed in the historical floods of 2011.
Trees are believed to help mitigate flood risk in two ways. First is they slow the velocity of raindrops along with limiting the water that makes it to the ground. The second is their roots make it tougher to erode the soil along the river banks.