New report on the low cost and low returns of removing forests for water in the Sierra

Environment Now just released a report examining the idea of using logging to increase water flows. This is an old idea, but it has received renewed attention in recent years. Therefore, EN commissioned hydrologist Jonathan Rhodes and fisheries scientist Christopher Frissell to examine this topic. They have done an in-depth review of the scientific literature, building on more than 230 studies, and have identified many omissions, downsides, and errors in the logging-for-water schemes. The report is available at:

http://environmentnow.org/pdf/Rhodes-and-Frissell-water-logging-report.pdf

 



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