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  • WATER RESOURCES AND BMPS: TEXAS FORESTS AND DRINKING WATER PARTNERSHIP

    The Texas Forests and Drinking Water Partnership was established in 2015 to explore the connections between forests and drinking water, and to investigate ways to collaborate to sustain these two important and interdependent natural resources. This initiative works to increase understanding and communication between the forest and drinking water sectors and is part of a larger, regional collaborative called the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water.

    Recently, the Texas Partnership has focused on increasing the awareness of the forest and water connection by making presentations at various conferences and meetings, strengthening watershed partnerships, identifying critical areas to focus efforts, and implementing an on-the-ground proof of concept demonstration project. Ultimately, the partnership strives to enhance drinking water, forest lands, and local economies.  

    Questions about Texas forests and drinking water partnerships, text them to (936) 239-9034.


     + Priority Watersheds

    A geospatial watershed assessment was conducted to identify priority forested watersheds that are critical to surface drinking water supplies. Special attention was given to surface water supply watersheds that provide drinking water to large populations and are threatened by forest conversion, wildfire, and insect and disease outbreaks.

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    Geospatial watershed assessment methodology

    This assessment can be used to target conservation assistance to enhance drinking water. The Neches River and Cypress Basin Watershed Restoration Program focuses financial assistance for prescribed burning to landowners in the priority watersheds of these river basins.

    Questions about priority watersheds, text them to (650) 265-1193.

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