This video explores how planting fungi on the borders of parking lots helps mitigate non-point-source water pollution caused by leaking vehicles. After mulching an area at the lower end of the Bernheim Forest parking lot, staff members inoculated or planted the area with oyster mushrooms. Like other fungi, these mushrooms have mycelia, microscopic tubes always present in the soil, even when a mushroom's caps are not visible. When rain washes the oil and gas present on the parking lot into this area, the mycelia break the hydrocarbon molecules into less toxic compounds. This use of fungi to prevent non-point-source water pollution is called "mycoremediation."
This resource is part of the Water Solutions collection.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.