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Group touts benefits of switchgrass for Delmarva

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012

DOVER, Del. (AP) — An environmental group says tall grass might be just thing to help improve water quality on the Delmarva peninsula while providing an alternative energy source as well.

The Chester River Association hosted an online presentation Thursday to tout the benefits of switchgrass, a sturdy, deep-rooted grass native to much of North America.

Advocates say the complex root structure of switchgrass holds soil in place and absorbs nutrients, making it an ideal crop for buffers to stabilize stream banks and absorb excess fertilizer. They also say switchgrass is very high in carbon, making it a good candidate for biofuel.

The CRA says its goal is to develop a viable switchgrass market and establish switchgrass buffers on farmland, reducing the amount of nutrients and sediments entering the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay.