2018-2020 Archive

How do Plants Absorb Pollution?

Aug 19, 2020 at 10:57am

Watch this video as Stormwater Trooper Marty demonstrates how easily plants can absorb pollutants.

Did you know that litter, pet waste, and chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides, paint or motor oil all have potential to become stormwater pollution when left on the ground? These pollutants can harm our watershed and also the plants that absorb them, and it happens quicker than you think. In this video Stormwater Trooper Marty uses celery stalks to show just how easily these pollutants can get absorbed by plants.

Don’t just take our word for it, join in the stormwater-savvy science fun too with your own at-home experiment. All you need is:

  • Celery
  • Scissors
  • Cups
  • Water
  • Food dye

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