Forests are the Best Cover
What’s the best way to protect drinking water?
Forested watersheds provide a living green bio-filter that functions 24 hours a day on free solar energy and rivals the most responsibly engineered water treatment plant in the efficiency and reliability of its protection. It catches the rain, stores it, and releases it slowly, soaking up nutrients, keeping erosion to a minimum, and yielding a consistent supply of clean water.
But, as good as these forests are at protecting and providing drinking water, they are vulnerable to a wide array of natural and human caused disturbances.