Water Quality

Tennessee Develops Riparian Buffer Handbook

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry (TDF) recently released the Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers. 

New Report Reviews Forest Action Plans

A new report published by Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, reviews federally mandated Forest Action Plans upon their five year anniversary.

The report, titled 5-Year Review of Forest Action Plans and Effective Water Quality Protections, provides a brief background on Forest Action Plans, the process that was used to develop them and evaluates the effectiveness of the plans in addressing water quality protections within U.S. forestlands.

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.

2015 NASF Annual Report

The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.

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