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Forests: The protector of water

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More than half of America’s drinking water originates in forests — mainly from the rivers and streams that run through them.

More than half of America’s drinking water originates in forests — mainly from the rivers and streams that run through them. Credit: Jachan Devol / Unsplash.

Every 10% increase in forest cover in a watershed leads to a 20% decrease in costs for water treatment downstream. Filtration provided by Wayne National Forest in Ohio is valued at more than $3 million annually.

Every 10% increase in forest cover in a watershed leads to a 20% decrease in costs for water treatment downstream. Filtration provided by Wayne National Forest in Ohio is valued at more than $3 million annually. Credit: Kada / Shutterstock.

WATER IS LIFE. Clean water is essential to our food supply, wildlife, our economy and so much more. But do you know what’s essential to having a dependable, clean water supply? Healthy forests.

Healthy forests act like a sponge. Their trees and soil soak up rainwater and snow melt, slowly replenishing streams and rivers while reducing the risk of flooding downstream. Through this process, they also filter and clean the water of soil, chemicals and other contaminants that can harm our drinking water supply and water ecosystems.

Just as water is life, healthy forests are as well.

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