Dovetail Partners Encourages Celebration of Relationship Between Forests and Water Quality in 2016

 

Upcoming opportunities at Governor's Water Summit and on International Day of Forests

 

(Minneapolis, MN) - Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, invites community members and stakeholders to celebrate the positive relationship between forests and water quality in 2016. Water quality and forests are intrinsically linked - forests protect and enhance our water resources by filtering runoff, protecting surface water supplies, and increasing infiltration rates to recharge ground water. Forests provide and protect drinking water resources for millions of people in the U.S. and billions more around the world - forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world's accessible freshwater supply.

On February 27th, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is hosting a Governor's Water Summit to bring together water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders and other stakeholders to discuss challenges facing Minnesota's water supply throughout the state. Both rural and urban area water quality issues will be addressed in order to continue statewide dialogue around next steps needed to develop long-term solutions. Overwhelming interest in the event has caused registration to close early, however, a waiting list remains open for those wishing to attend. All stakeholders and interested parties, regardless of attendance, are encouraged to partake in the Governor's Water Summit Survey to ensure that all Minnesotan's voices are heard on this important topic. The information and input gathered from this survey will help inform the Administration and Legislature on Minnesota's water quality challenges and possible solutions.

 

Take part in the Governor's Water Summit Survey now

Another opportunity to celebrate forests and water quality will occur March 21st on the 2016 International Day of Forests hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Each year FAO celebrates the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year, the theme is Celebrating Forests and Water and will focus on raising awareness of how forests play a key role in providing a supply of freshwater essential for life. On the International Day of Forests countries around the world are encouraged to engage in local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees.

 

Learn more about the 2016 International Day of Forests and how forests contribute to our water needs

 

 

For additional information on forests and water quality, you may download free Dovetail Partners' research reports that address and analyze the relationship further. The following reports are recommended and available at Dovetail's website.

 

Growing Forests for Water

This report shares case studies of municipal water supplies from around the United States and their approaches to protecting surface waters through the use and enhancement of responsible forest management.

 

Five-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections

The 2008 Farm Bill included the requirement that forestry agencies in each state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia develop Forest Action Plans, also known as Statewide Forest Resource Assessments and Strategies. This report provides an overview of the Forest Action Plans and reviews the specific plans in three states and one island territory to evaluate accomplishments related to protecting water quality.

 

Innovative Municipal Stormwater Management Approaches

Green infrastructure may be implemented in urban and rural areas as a means to manage runoff. In contrast to traditional grey infrastructure, green infrastructure mimics natural, pre-development landscapes and their ability to capture, retain, and reuse water on-site. Green systems reduce stormwater flows, help to restore natural hydrology patterns, and improve water quality. This report highlights various green infrastructure techniques and some of the unique approaches.