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Rain that runs off of your yard gets into the driveways and streets (called stormwater runoff), gathers up oil and other contaminants, and carries them to the ocean and rivers. Tree leaves slow down the amount of rain that lands on the ground. Trees also absorb the rain through their roots. The roots also make dirt more porous, allowing faster absorption of rain into the ground (and back into acquifers). All of these benefits allow the rain to pool on the ground, instead of running into the streets.

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