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Example 3: Land use and conservation pilot and additional resources

The Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative convened a 2010 workshop that brought together 80 water supply managers, municipal staff, planning board and conservation commission members, federal/state agency personnel, and community members. Workshop participants developed plans to address water quality problems facing the region, such as increased surface runoff due to the development of forested lands. During subsequent workshops, the Collaborative worked with forest owners to conserve over 3,976 acres of private forest lands in the Salmon Falls Watershed using funding from the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP); Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP); and other sources.

Also check out…

The Source Protection Handbook. 2005. The Trust for Public Land.
This handbook is designed to help communities make the case for land conservation and go about conserving lands as a critical strategy to protect drinking water sources. It includes detailed guidance on best practices for assessing, prioritizing, and protecting land to maximize source water benefits.

Forests to Faucet Web Page. 2012. USDA Forest Service.
This site includes an interactive map of the United States showing connection between forest lands and drinking water. The map can help you identify forested lands that are most important to drinking water supplies in your area.

County Water Quality Issue Brief: Using GIS Tools to Link Land Use Decisions to Water Resource Protection. 2007. National Association of Counties.
This issue focuses on GIS “decision support systems” that allow counties to identify the connection between land management and water resource protection.

Wetlands-at-Risk Protection Tool (WARPT). 2010. US EPA and Center for Watershed Protection.
A web tool that guides users through the process of quantifying the state of at-risk wetlands, documenting the benefits they provide at various scales, and implementing conservation measures to improve water quality.

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