The Willamette Basin Comprehensive Study of Water and Related Land Resources. Appendix G. Land Measures and Watershed Protection.
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The Land Measures and Watershed Protection Appendix is dedicated to programs and measures that modify land and water resource use to avoid impairment of the environment and to repair physical damage already done. These general goals involve the prevention of excessive erosion, control of storm and sediment damages and improvement of quantity and quality of water runoff. The opportunity for increasing resource outputs on lands having problems of drainage, flooding, lack of irrigation water, or lack of adequate management systems receives attention for agriculture and forest lands. The primary purpose of the appendix is to identify measures and programs that insure the following 1 The quality of the agriculture and forest environment will be maintained or enhanced by modifying present use to protect the long term resource capacity 2 The resource base soil, water, vegetation is capable of producing todays required output 3 The Willamette Basin is in a state of readiness that can respond to future agriculture and forestry productive demands that may be placed upon it and 4 Developments, activities, and uses that do take place can coincide with positive opportunities of community development and improvement of mans total environment. The measurements of this appendix are unique due to the important element of stewardship. The soil-water-vegatative system is regarded primarily in terms of total environment--not merely as an agricultural or forestry protection or production matter. As land space becomes more valuable, the effort to safeguard its continued use becomes more difficult and costly.
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