Image of native flowers. text reads: Turn your green thumb blue with native plants

You can help keep our water clean by choosing native plants. The dense clay soils in our region make it difficult for water to soak into the ground quickly. That leads to more stormwater runoff and less water on your plants. Native plants have deep root systems that can absorb and retain water. Soil is anchored by these deep roots, slowing erosion and filtering pollutants from the water.

Go native and plant with a Blue Thumb. Native plants can:
  • Conserve water and slow erosion.
  • Reduce pollution in local streams and rivers.
  • Reduce the need for mowing, fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Improve wildlife habitat and air quality.
Blue Thumb logo. Text reads: Blue Thumb- Planting for Clean Water

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Mid-America Regional Council | 600 Broadway, Suite 200 | Kansas City, MO 64105
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