The sun held off just long enough to make Stanford's Earth Day ceremony an interesting eco-challenge Thursday: Dodge the pending floodwaters as you speak above the pounding rain, and of course, try to avoid impaling your neighbor with the umbrella.
Sheets of rain pounded the green tent as city officials gathered by the swollen St. Asaph's Creek to celebrate the dedication of 16 new trees. The native trees were purchased by residents in honor or memory of family members and soon will be marked with plaques bearing their names.
This is just one more step in the right direction, said Mayor Eddie Carter.
"We've come a long way in taking care of the environment in the last 5 years," said Carter. Over a decade ago on the very first Earth Day, "Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V-8 engines, industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press," said Carter.