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Keeping Our Water Safe and Abundant: Hydrology Research on Experimental Forests

cover image of the Spring 2009 Research Review Water is vital to life and health at both the personal and societal levels. Just as humans cannot thrive without clean and adequate water, no country, region, or city without clean, reliable, and adequate water can function well. Although civilizations have built infrastructures to obtain and transport water, the ultimate source of the water is always the natural world. Surface water and ground water both depend on lands where precipitation falls into watersheds or reservoirs or is pumped from springs or wells. In most of the northeastern and midwestern United States, this source is the highlands and northern forest lands. Providing clean water is considered the most vital of the ecosystem services provided by our forest and wetlands. Forested watersheds in the United States provide drinking water to more than 180 million people.

View the Spring 2009 Research Review (2.8 MB PDF)


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Jane Hodgins
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USDA Forest Service - Northern Research StationĀ 
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