N6 - Planning Tools to Protect Water Quality

As stormwater runoff increases, many communities face flooding, damage to infrastructure, degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and greater numbers of invasive species. This factsheet provides an overview of the threats to water resources, water regulations, and the importance of healthy ecosystems — especially forest systems — to water quality. It also provides examples of planning tools that can help mitigate the threats and protect those natural resources that support water quality.

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