Drinking water from forests and grasslands: a synthesis of the scientific literature

Author(s): Dissmeyer, George E.; [Editor]

  • Date: 2000
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-39. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 246 p.
  • Station ID: GTR-SRS-039


This report reviews the scientific literature about the potential of common forest and grassland management to introduce contaminants of concern to human health into public drinking water sources.Effects of managing water, urbanization, ecreation, roads, timber, fire, pesticides, grazing, wildlife and fish habitat, and mineral, oil, and gas resources on public drinking water source quality are reviewed.Gaps in knowledge and research needs are indicated. Managers of national forests and grasslands and similar lands in other ownerships,environmental regulators,and citizens interested in drinking water may use this report for assessing contamination risks associated with land uses.

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