Resource development in community watersheds often conflicts with the objective of supplying safe, clean or adequate supplies of drinking water. Forestry-related activities such as road building, harvesting, site preparation and other silvicultural prescriptions have all been demonstrated in certain circumstances to affect stream hydrology and sediment or chemical outputs from forested watersheds. Both forestry and associated activities such as recreation or grazing on forest lands may also increase the risks of microbiological contamination of drinking water. Growing public awareness and increased conflicts among resource users in community watersheds are placing greater demands on management both within and among the responsible agencies. In recognition of this, the Water Quality Branch of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and the Research Branch of the Ministry of Forests co-sponsored a two-day workshop in March 1993, which was attended by staff from the Ministry of Forests, the Ministry of Envi
Berry, Trent, Webb, Tim. 1993. Forestry-Drinking Water Interactions: Final Workshop Report. BC Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks
Keywords: community watershed, resource development
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