Drinking Water from Forests
and Grasslands

A Synthesis of the Scientific Literature

George E. Dissmeyer, Editor

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, recreation, roads, timber, fire, pesticides, grazing, wildlife and fish habitat, and mineral, oil, and gas resources on public drinking water source quality are re- viewed.  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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Cover, Table of Contents and Executive Summary 590KB
Part I:  Introduction 1 Megs
Part II:  Effects of Recreation and Built Environment on Water Quality 1 Meg
Part III:  Effects of Vegetation Management, Fire, and Pesticides on Water Quality 1 Meg
Part IV:  Effects of Grazing Animals, Birds, and Fish on Water Quality 1 Meg
Part V:  Effects of Mining and Oil and Gas Development on Water Quality 1 Meg
Part VI:  Implications for Source Water Assessments and for Land Management and Policy 1 Meg
Part VII:  Appendices 1 Meg
Entire document 6.7 Megs


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