Quantifying The Role of National Forest System Lands in Providing Surface Drinking Water Supply for the Southern Unied States

Quantifying The Role of National Forest System Lands in Providing Surface Drinking Water Supply for the Southern Unied States
Title:
Quantifying the Role of National Forest System Lands in Providing Surface Drinking Water Supply for the Southern United States
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9780160943980
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The most essential natural resource to sustain all forms of life. Drinking water. Human existence will cease to exist without a sustainable and safe system to manage this most vital life-giving asset. In this publication, you will find that the focus is on the surface drinking supply for the thirteen (13) Southern United States and the dependence on National Forests and grass lands.

This text also will provide you with an overview and introduction to the Water Supply Stress Index (WASSI) to help you understand how it is used for predictive computer modeling to be informed about the water balance and hydrologic cycles.

You will also find a case study featuring the Chattahoochee National Forest located in the southern Appalachian Mountains of northern Georgia.

Key commentary and findings from this comprehensive study of the Forest–Water–People Connection by the Agriculture Department - USDA - Forest Service include:

  • Forests and water are inextricably linked
  • People are dependent on forested lands to provide clean, reliable water supplies for drinking and to support local economies
  • Decades of research have shown how forests help filter water, mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, and regulate the timing and magnitude of stream flows
  • Environmental and economic factors are likely to interact and cause changes in water availability and quality, but forest conservation and proper management can help mitigate these effects

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Forest–Water–People Connection 1

Forest Service Protection of Water Resources through Forest Management 2

Forests and Water in the South 2

How Much Do People Depend on Water from Southern Forests? 2

Methods  3

Extent and Scale of Analysis  3

Quantifying Water Supply from Forested Lands 4

Drinking Water Intakes and Population Served 7

Linking Water from Forested Lands to Drinking Water Intakes  8

Results .9

Water Supply from Forested Lands  9

Population and Communities Served by Water from Forested Lands  12

Case Study: Chattahoochee National Forest  15

Discussion 18

Summary and Conclusions  19

Acknowledgments  20

References  20

Appendix 23

Audience

Water management officials at the federal, state, city, and other community levels, forest managers, and water conservation advocates may be interested in this guide.

Product Details

Availability Details:
In Stock
USA Price:
$41.00
International Price:
$57.40
Publisher:
Agriculture Dept., Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Author:
  • Caldwell, Peter
Key Phrases:
  • Forest Service General Technical Report SRS 197
  • Drinking Water
Weight:
1.125
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Paper
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Record Creation Date:
03/01/2018
Last Status Update:
03/04/2019
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