Forests & Water
Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of pollution to our streams, rivers, the coastal marine environment and other large waterways. For the first time in years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its intention to tackle this problem in a meaningful way, through federal rulemaking that will improve stormwater regulations and clean water nationwide. American Forests advocates for greater recognition within the EPA rulemaking of the important role that urban forests play in the management of stormwater runoff in our cities and towns.
The Hill OpEd
American Forests authored an OpEd posted on The Hill entitled “Capitalizing on nature’s benefits: New incentives for private forest landowners.” The basis for this piece was the Coalition for Eastern Forests and Communities issue paper regarding payment for ecosystem services. Payments for ecosystem services hold promise as a new economic opportunity to help maintain private forests. These payments reflect a number of public and private approaches to providing direct payments to landowners as a strategy to preserve, protect and restore one or more forest-based ecosystem services, such as protection of source waters and wildlife habitat, wetland mitigation, and carbon sequestration.