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Protecting Forests for Clean Water (2024)

Posted May 1
Open Space Institute
About This Report / White Paper

How much of a watershed must remain forested to produce clean water?

What kind of information do water utilities, government agencies, and other funders need to support further investment in land protection as a strategy to maintain water quality? Answering these questions is essential to keeping clean water clean.

This report synthesizes findings from a four-part, multi-year assessment of the 10-year Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund (DRWPF) administered by the Open Space Institute as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. The study presents the water quality benefits of 21,000 forested acres across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania that were permanently conserved by DRWPF grantees and recommends practices to advance forest protection as a clean water strategy.