The link between land conservation and water protection means that land trusts — whose business it is to protect, restore and defend land — are perfectly positioned to lead water quality initiatives by example.
A recent Alliance survey found that of the 94 percent of land trusts that have identified water quality as a top conservation objective, and nearly all target streams, rivers and wetlands for protection. Over 90 percent protect waterways, known as riparian corridors. Even 59 percent target lands that absorb water and recharge aquifers below ground. These land trusts aren’t just protecting water sources, they are protecting drinking water.
The Land Trust Alliance is committed to supporting our members and their supporters as we all explore new ways to be involved in water work. We are creating resources, partnerships, tools and science-based solutions to help land trusts understand and address the unique water challenges facing their communities.