District unveils new app to track city’s trees

The D.C. Department of Transportation is responsible for the city's street trees. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2016)

The D.C. Department of Transportation has introduced a new mobile app that tracks 8,200 recently planted city trees, encouraging residents to help with watering duties.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the new DC Tree Watering App during her Ward 6 community walk Monday, with Transportation Department deputy director Jeff Marootian and the agency’s Urban Forestry Administration team in attendance.

At the unveiling of the app — which tracks trees planted between October 2016 through April 2017 — the mayor expressed the city’s commitment to smart technology. “Watering is the easiest and most affordable way for residents to help, and this app will allow us to coordinate our efforts,” Bowser said in a news release.

The new feature, also available at treewatering.ddot.dc.gov, allows residents to tag trees that need water, upload pictures and provide information about tree species. If residents alert the city about a tree in need of care, the Urban Forestry Administration will determine and apply the most appropriate remedy.

This article has been updated to correct the name of the Urban Forestry Administration.