Water Quality

Budweiser protecting Colorado watersheds

On a recent trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, sponsored by Anheuser-Bush, I got to see what the 163-year-old Budweiser beer company is doing with regional watershed cleanup. Our group was transported from Fort Collins through a light fall snow to the Ben Delatour Scott Ranch for a look at the Cache la Poudre River watershed. We were an hour away from Anheuser-Busch's Fort Collins brewery, and I was curious how the brewery, a Boy Scout ranch and forest management all fit together.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants Available

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southern Company, Bank of America and Alcoa Foundation are pleased to solicit applications for the 2016 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. NFWF anticipates that approximately $2,425,000 in combined total funding will be available for this round of grants.

Forestry Best Management Practices by State

This project, launched in 2015, maintains up-to-the-minute information about BMPs recommendations in the United States. Navigate using the map by zooming in or out using either your mouse or the map zoom tool on the left. Please note that only the 50 United States are represented in this map, not territories or international information.

Final Rule Defining Waters of the US Released

Today the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers released a final rule defining waters of the United States (WOTUS), which sets the bounds of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

State Forestry Agency Best Management Practices Protecting Nation’s Water

New Interactive Map and Report Emphasize Need for Greater National Investment in State Water Resources Programs

$13 Million USDA Program Improves Kansas Riparian Forest Systems

A new $13 million U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to improve Kansas’ water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment was announced recently for Kansas State University and the Kansas Forest Service.

The program is part of $370 million in federal funding for the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). In addition, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million more in partner contributions—for a total of nearly $800 million—to improve the nation's water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment.

2014 Annual Report

The National Association of State Foresters’ (NASF) FY 2013-2014 annual report is more than just an update on association accomplishments.  It is a testament to what engaged State Foresters, hard-working staff, and supportive partners did to help keep America’s working forests working. 

Profound Changes Happening to Montana's Water Supply

The climate of the northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists say climate change is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.

Montana is warmer, and spring's melt starts earlier.