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Montreal researchers use willows to decontaminate polluted soil, groundwater

from CBC News

In an east-end Montreal neighbourhood, a polluted piece of former industrial land has become a garden. Willows sway in the breeze, creating a pleasant green space as the plants slowly reverse decades of industrial activity that has left the chemical-soaked soil of the Pointe-aux-Trembles site too contaminated to use. The trees are part of a four-year natural decontamination project by the city and the Université de Montréal that uses the tall plants to rehabilitate former industrial "brownfields" that are left abandoned because they're too expensive to redevelop. more


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