Jacksonville Investigates Tree Deaths Near Wastewater Treatment Plant

The city of Jacksonville is investigating mysterious deaths of trees.

Since 2007, trees in a city-owned forest have been dying and experts are trying to figure out why. The deaths are limited to a 2-thousand acre section where a wastewater land treatment system is located. It treats wastewater from the city and then irrigates the forest land with the treated liquid.

All of the trees that are dying are in the irrigated part of the forest.
The dead trees don't seem to have any major differences from the trees that are surviving except they are small- 10 inches in diameter or smaller.

City Manager Richard Woodruff says there are 3 theories to the tree deaths. Maybe they are being over watered, the PH level in the soil might be wrong, and some experts think the deaths might have been caused by the 2007-2008 drought.

The city is bringing in more experts to study the problem in February and will have a public meeting about the findings February 9th.


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