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RE: Bamboo and Chicago

Not that this will help you much- but here is the original story on the
bamboo and Chicago....



> Behalf Of Melody
> Also, as a person who has been studying phytoremediation of chemical
> contaminants/pollutants due to our contaminated water supply, I can
> you that many other plants will do this **IF** the soil is of such
> composition that the contaminant stays in the upper root zone long
> enough to be taken up by the roots of the plant..i.e. sandier soils
> allow water to leach through more easily also allow the contaminant to
> leach down through the soil and into the subterranean water supply as
> well. Riparian buffer zones that exist between cultivated farm fields
> and nearby sources of water (streams/rivers/ponds) must be of
> width and variety of plantings as well in order to slow down the
> of water laden with farm chemicals on its way to the water source.
> Poplar trees, switch grasses, reeds, etc. are very good at filtering
> water but one must be careful not to plant things that will invade and
> ultimately decimate the water source itself. I'd be very curious to
> this article, particularly in light of our little town's water
> troubles...could you refer me to the source? Thanks!
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

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