In celebration of World Water Day 2019, OSI presents our latest edition of “Focus on Water.” In it we highlight some of our latest conservation achievements and projects aimed at protecting the water we rely on for life. We also commemorate the permanent reauthorization of the LWCF and reimagine clean water revolving loan funds. But first, we explore the latest in conservation science and technology. A host of new online tools are being developed that allow scientists, local land trusts, and other partners to engage in “precision conservation.”
These seven recent land conservation projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania protected almost 3,000 acres with more than $1 million in grants from OSI’s Delaware River Watershed Protection Fund, and secured another $7.5 million in matching dollars from public and private sources.
The nation’s conservation community is celebrating the permanent
reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. “The LWCF is imperative for our children and grandchildren
to have access to fresh water, clean air, and the landscapes
and resources we enjoy today,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of
Municipalities in some states, realizing the economic advantages of protecting upstream forests, are getting creative in their use of federal Clean Water State Revolving Funds to incorporate more land conservation into their efforts to provide clean drinking water for their communities.
OSI recently acquired land adjacent to the Catskill Park’s Sundown Wild Forest. Permanent protection of South Mountain, located within the Ashokan Reservoir watershed, will help provide long-term access to clean water for millions of New Yorkers for generations to come.
The Sebago watershed outside Portland, Maine provides drinking water for 200,000 people. But only 10 percent of the watershed land is protected. What would happen if more of that land was developed, and how would water quality be affected? These questions are explored in a new study released by the University of Maine.
In South Carolina Lowcountry, OSI has purchased a critical property that will protect drinking water and enhance regional wildlife connectivity, while advancing the greenbelt around the Charleston metropolitan region.The property features forested wetlands and an important tributary.