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1 million planted: StreamTeam celebrates environmental milestone

Clear but chilly weather provided a perfect environment for hundreds of trees and shrubs to be planted in the ground on Bells Mountain, Saturday.

Volunteers swarmed the hillside to install a variety of native plants for Clark Public Utilities' celebration of Make a Difference Day, Oct. 28. The event was organized under the utility's "StreamTeam" - an initiative intended to improve habitat that impacts Clark County's waterways.

The StreamTeam is a group of volunteers, including CPU employees and the community as a whole, CPU Environmental Sustainability Manager Michael O'Loughlin said. Bells Mountain is one of many sites where the StreamTeam does its plantings, which includes county-owned and private land.

"We're looking for sites that have either headwaters, which this one does, or streams that feed into and through the watershed back down to eventually the Columbia," O'Loughlin said.

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