FLINT (WWJ) – A former General Motors plant in Flint could be sprouting thousands of trees under a plan to turn to natural ways to control contaminants near the Flint River.

The Flint Journal says the federal government will spend at least $375,000 to survey the site and provide a variety of trees at a place known as the old Chevy in the Hole manufacturing complex.

The trees are expected to aid the natural breakdown of contaminants and prevent groundwater from carrying pollution to the Flint River. Tree plantings could start by fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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