Forests and Source Water Protection
Potomac River Basin Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership
Healthy forests play an integral role in maintaining high quality source waters. There are many examples of communities investing in forests as a means to protecting water quality.
Source Water Protection Investment Guides
- World Resources Institute – Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States
- Water Research Foundation – Source Water Protection Cost/Benefit Tool
Ecosystem Services Decision-making Tools
- Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST)
- Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS)
- Dearmont, D., McCarl, B. A., & Tolman, D. A. (1998). Costs of water treatment due to diminished water quality: A case study in Texas. Water Resources Research, 34(4), 849–853. doi:10.1029/98WR00213
- Forster, D. Lynn, Bardos, C. P., & Southgate, D. D. (1987). Soil erosion and water treatment costs. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 42(5), 349–352.
- Forster, D. L., & Murray, C. (2001). Effects of Farming Practices and Land Use on Community Water Treatment Costs (pdf). (No. AEDE-FR-0003). Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics.
- Freeman, J., Madsen, R., & Hart, K. (2008). Statistical Analysis of Drinking Water Treatment Plant Costs, Source Water Quality, and Land Cover Characteristics. Trust for Public Land.
- Holmes, T. P. (1988). The offsite impact of soil erosion on the water treatment industry. Land Economics, 64(4), 356–366.
- Pennsylvania – Schuylkill Action Network’s Priority Lands Strategy
- Virginia – Rivanna Forests to Faucets Initiative: Payments for Watershed Services and the Optimum Infrastructure Expenditure (OIE) Version I System (pdf)
- Delaware River – Common Waters Partnership
- North Carolina – Upper Neuse River, Raleigh (pdf)
- South Carolina – Sustainable Finance Strategies for Watershed Protection, Greenville (pdf)
- Maine – An Assessment of the Economics of Natural and Built Infrastructure for Water Resources (pdf)
- Connecticut – Estimating Potential Costs of Watershed Development on Drinking Water Treatment (pdf)
- Rhode Island