NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s parks department is asking residents and business owners to help water and take care of trees on the street.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says trees need approximately 20 gallons of water each week.

He says trees also help keep New Yorkers cooler by lowering the temperature and cleaning the air of pollution.

The city plans to plant one million new trees by 2017 through its MillionTreesNYC initiative. More than 375,000 have already been planted.

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