New Forest Service Maps Link Healthy Drinking Water to Healthy Forests

The U.S. Forest Service has published a comprehensive series of interactive maps that illustrate the crucial role forests play in sustaining watersheds and protecting drinking water.  These maps entitled, “Forests to Faucets” help identify where watersheds are threatened by development, fire, insects and disease and where a payment for watershed services project may be an option for financing conservation on forest lands.  Watersheds on national forests and grasslands are the source of 20 percent of the nation’s water supply, and the cost of treating drinking water increases 20 percent for every 10 percent loss of forest land in a watershed.

For more information and to view the maps visit the Forests to Faucets web site.

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