Report: High-quality tap water starts in forests
Oregon's forests provide high-quality source water for public water providers across the state, according to an extensive science-based review of the effects of forest management on drinking water led by Oregon State University's
Institute for Natural Resources
and funded by a grant from the
Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI)
The highest-quality source water
comes from forested watersheds versus other land uses, the Trees to Tap report concludes. This includes forests managed for timber production. Because logging, forest roads and the use of herbicides can affect water quality, the report emphasizes that best management practices, laws, regulations, monitoring and scientific research are all needed to safeguard the quality of drinking water sourced from Oregon's forests.
More information about the study, along with digital downloads of the full Trees to Tap report, the report's findings and recommendations, and Keeping Drinking Water Safe, is available at OregonForests.org/TreesToTap.
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