Middle Eel River Watershed Management Plan
Master of Arts in Earth Literacy
Clean water is vital to life, it is essential for human survival. Freshwater accounts for only 2.5% of the total water on the planet, much of which is unavailable due to being locked up in glaciers and ice caps (Shiklomanov 1999). Usable fresh surface water in the form of lakes and rivers accounts for only 0.3% of the total freshwater on the planet (Figure 1-1) (Shiklomanov 1999). It is essential to conserve and protect this very limited and precious natural resource.