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Water Quality on Forest Lands
Although the quality of water draining forested watersheds
is typically the best in the nation, some forest management practices
can seriously impair stream water quality. Sediment is the main concern,
although nitrate and water temperature impacts are also of concern in
some locations. Best management practices can avoid most of these effects.
This research aims to summarize the state of knowledge regarding the effects
of forest management on water quality and the value to society of maintaining
high quality runoff from forest lands.
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- Brown, Thomas C. 2000. Economic
Issues for Watersheds Supplying Drinking Water. Pages 42-51
in Drinking Water from Forests and Grasslands - A Synthesis of the
Scientific Literature. George E. Dissmeyer, editor, General Technical
Report SRS-39, Southern Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Asheville,
NC. 246 pages.
- Brown, Thomas C., and Dan Binkley. 1994. Effect
of Management on Water Quality in North American Forests.
USDA Forest Service General Technical Report RM-248, Rocky Mountain
Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO, 27 p.
(1.6 MB PDF file)
- Binkley, Dan, and Thomas C. Brown. 1993. Forest
Practices as Nonpoint Sources of Pollution in North America. Water
Resources Bulletin 29(5):720-729.
(647 KB PDF file)
- Binkley, Dan, and Thomas C. Brown. 1993. Management
Impacts on Water Quality of Forests and Rangelands. USDA Forest
Service General Technical Report RM-239. Rocky Mountain Forest and Range
Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO, 114 p.
Impacts--Part One (3.6 MB PDF file)
Impacts--Part Two (2.2 MB PDF file)
- Brown, Thomas C., Douglas Brown, and Dan Binkley. 1993.
Laws and Programs
for Controlling Nonpoint Source Pollution in Forest Areas. Water
Resources Bulletin 29(1):1-13.
(889 KB PDF file)
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