How Streams Work and the Role of Forests

800 450 Stroud Water Research Center

This webinar was part of a series presented by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on March 30–April 3, 2020. Webinar recordings can be found on the Pennsylvania Clean Water Academy website.

Photo of West's Creek by David H. FunkWebinar presenter: David Wise, Stroud Water Research Center
Trees play critical roles in making streams productive and healthy. Did you know that trees provide the majority of energy for stream life? Most of that energy comes as dissolved organic compounds we call watershed tea. Our streams provide critical environmental services such as removing nutrients and toxins and do their best work when aided by trees. Understanding how streams work and the importance of trees to streams is fundamental to engaging landowners and decision makers. Watch webinar recording