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AWWA featured in forest service video series

The vital connection between healthy forests and clean drinking water is highlighted in a new video series that includes a segment about source water protection featuring David LaFrance, chief executive officer at the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

The seven “Forest and Drinking Water” videos were produced by Texas A&M Forest Service with support from the U.S. Forest Service and the Southeastern Partnership for Forests Forest videosand Water (SPFW). (Photos courtesy of Texas A&M)

The series includes:

•    The Forest/Water Relationship
•    Source Water Protection
•    The Importance of Forest Landowners
•    The Role of Water Utilities
•    Landowners/Water Utility Collaboration
•    The Future of Drinking Water
•    Forests & Drinking Water

“A major focus of the videos is to educate the public and key partners about the important work that water utilities and forest landowners do to ensure safe, reliable drinking water and healthy forest landscapes,” said Kitty Weisman, SPFW coordinator.

“The videos put a human face on the issue by showing the people committed to these causes and how it takes all of us working together to attain the cleanest drinking water for generations to come,” she added, noting that loss of forests leads to less natural filtration of contaminants and increased sediment runoff and water temperatures.

SPFW is a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service, the Southern Group of State Foresters, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and drinking water management organizations across the southeastern United States. Its purpose is to maintain healthy watersheds that provide safe, reliable Hughes Simpsondrinking water, healthy forests, and strong local and regional economies.

“AWWA is a critical partner for the Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water,” said Hughes Simpson (pictured right) with Texas A&M Forest Service, who managed the video series production. “I believe this video series will have tremendous value from an educational and communications perspective.”

The video series is available to be shared on websites, social media and television; presented at conferences, webinars and trainings; and used to recruit forestry and water professionals to SPFW.

To learn more about the partnership and how you can get involved or connected with a local affiliate in your state, go to SPFW. AWWA also offers source water protection resources.