In June, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the new DC Tree Watering Application. Bowser demonstrated the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) innovative new app to highlight the value of and need for community assistance in keeping newly planted trees hydrated.
“We are committed to embracing smart technology across city government, and with the launch of the new DC Tree Watering App we are encouraging all district residents to help support our urban forestry,” said Mayor Bowser. “This past planting season, as part of DC’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment, we planted 8200 new trees throughout the city. Now, we want to see them flourish and we invite everyone to help. Watering is the easiest and most affordable way for residents to help, and this app will allow us to coordinate our efforts.”
Through the DC Tree Watering App, users can locate trees in all sections of the city that need watering, tag trees they water, and upload photos of the trees being watered. In addition, users can report trees in need of care (e.g. a tree has a beehive), and the DDOT Urban Forestry Division will review all reports to determine the best means of care for each tree. The app also includes a story map with information about tree species found throughout Washington, D.C.
The District maintains more than 215,000 trees throughout the city. During the last tree planting season (October 2016 through April 2017), the city planted 8200 trees, increasing urban tree canopy coverage of the District to 38.7%.