Peoria Partners with SRP on Right Tree Right Place Program
Beginning Monday, Jan. 24, the City of Peoria and SRP are partnering for the Right Tree, Right Place program. By April, 166 trees that pose a risk to electric lines and service reliability in Peoria will be removed. To offset these removals, 500 trees will be planted over the next few months, expanding the city’s shade canopy and wildlife habitats which reduces the urban heat island effect.
SRP developed the Right Tree, Right Place program to work with municipal partners, like the City of Peoria, to remove encroaching trees and then either replant or replace them in city parks, neighborhoods or schools located near removal areas. Trees are replaced in multiples so that there is a net increase in the tree canopy. In turn, it reduces the heat island effect, sequesters CO2 and other air pollutants, improves aesthetics, maintains electric reliability, ensures public safety, and reduces SRP’s long-term vegetation management costs. Additionally, this program ensures that the city is “improving thermal comfort in Peoria through such means as trees, other vegetation, and structures,” as outlined in the Peoria Pedestrian and Shade Master Plan.
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SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP is also the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 750,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.