Effect of Management on Water Quality in North American Forests

A supporting technical document for the 1993 Update of the 1989 RPA Assessment

Since passage of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act amendments in 1972, considerable progress has been made in reducing point sources of pollution. Less progress has been made in controlling possible nonpoint sources of pollution such as road construction, timber harvest, and recreation use. This report summarizes available information about the effects of forest management on water quality.

Highlights include the following:

Brown, Thomas C.; Binkley, Dan. 1994. Effect of management on water quality in North American forests. General Technical Report RM248. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 27 p.