Flower Power; Plants Help Prevent Power Outages

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Volunteers with PG&E and SMUD joined forces Friday to help prevent power outages at the sub station along the American River Parkway, just outside Cal Expo.

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Volunteers with PG&E and SMUD joined forces Friday to help prevent power outages at the sub station along the American River Parkway, just outside Cal Expo.

Crews from each company planted native flowers directly under power lines so that trees or other types of growth don’t get too tall and hit the lines, causing a power outage.

“It’s a great partnership between us and SMUD, that will make the area look nice and prevent anything from growing and hitting our lines,” said PG&E’s Eric Brown.

The Pollinator Partnership was also part of the project; excited to bring in pollinators like bees to the area.

But should those using the trail be concerned about the extra bees soon to swarm here for the flowers?

“These are very busy bees, they will not be the kind that traditionally sting people, not saying they definitely won’t, but it’s less likely than a bumble bee in the area,” said Vick Wojcik with Pollinators Partnership.

The flowers are expected to bloom in April.

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