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Maura Bennett Forests and Watersheds
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: May 16, 2018

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The winter of 2018 was a dry one and drought occurrences may occur more often in the future according to climate scientists. So what can be done to preserve the water for agriculture in Colorado?

In 1897, when Congress created the Forest Service to manage the network of forest reserves, it specifically noted water’s importance and included “securing favorable conditions of water flows” as its mission.

Recently, the head of the National Forest Foundation Ray Foote said the role of forests is more important than ever in restoring the nation’s watersheds.

Foote says collaboration between the Foundation, the Forest Service and private companies such as Coca Cola is allowing more forest restoration than was previously possible.

Agencies that manage the Colorado River’s water in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico and Arizona find themselves in a dispute over a set of guidelines for conservation and a basin-wide approach to water management. These disputes mean and watershed restoration will become more important in the future.

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