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Strategy RC1.1: Protect land in the region's headwaters.

Strategy Description

Targeted land acquisition is the most effective method to enhance water quality. Land protection should be directed toward properties that produce multiple benefits. Areas that protect water quality, provide recreational opportunities, preserve viewsheds, and provide habitat for endangered or endemic species should be highest-priority acquisition lands. In addition, permanently protecting lands in critical watersheds has financial benefits to local governments downstream, such as reducing the cost of treating drinking water.

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Recommendation

RC1: Sustain and enhance water quality.

Scale

Local
Regional