New research from OSI and its Delaware River Watershed Initiative partners aims to quantify just how much forest protection is needed to ensure clean water.
It’s well known that forests filter the water that nourishes our families, supports businesses, and sustains our communities. Now, new research from the Open Space Institute (OSI) and its partners through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative aims to quantify just how much forest protection is needed to ensure clean water.
Thanks to an investment by the William Penn Foundation, OSI and its partners have been able to look back at the impact from past land protection. The research offers three novel approaches to gauge the benefits of forest protection and demonstrates the critical role forests play in filtering pollutants and maintaining high-quality streams for drinking water, recreation, and wildlife.
The three-year study led by OSI is part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, a four-state collaborative funded by William Penn Foundation to restore and protect the watershed that serves as the source of drinking water for 15 million people, including residents of New York City, Trenton, Philadelphia, and Wilmington.