Streams provide habitat and much of our drinking water

Snag Creek
Snag Creek runs through a DNR-managed forest near the Columbia Gorge. Photo: Florian Deisenhofer/DNR

Did you know that approximately 117 million people in the United States – more than one-third of the nation’s population – get some or all of their drinking water from public drinking water systems that rely in part on headwater, seasonal, or rain-dependent streams. That includes the great majority of people in Washington State.

DNR helps to keep streams free and flowing with clean, cool water by:

  • Retaining working forestland,
  • Repairing culverts and other structures that block fish travel in streams,
  • Administering state Forest Practice rules on 13 million acres of non-federal forest, and
  • Following through on its commitments to protect plant and animal habitat on millions of acres of state trust lands.

View the EPA’s map and zoom in on Washington State to see the percentage of people in your county that gets some of their drinking water directly or indirectly from streams that are seasonal, rain-dependent or headwaters.

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