America's National Forests: Our Ultimate Water Source

by Arne E. Rosquist, Jr., Lolo Natl Forest, Missoula, MT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


National Forest System lands in the western United States make up 21 percent of the total land area but yield over 55 percent of the region's streamflow and provide more than 90 percent of the West's usable water supply. As they struggle to resolve the almost universally recognized 'coming water supply crisis,' these facts seem lost to water and land management planners outside the Forest Service, the agency charged with administering the National Forests. Water resource planners must become aware of the value of these National Forest watersheds and take steps to become involved in the planning of their management and development.

Subject Headings: Forests | Water management | Water resources | Water shortage | Land use | Water supply | Water supply systems | Hydrology | United States

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