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2 Water Part 2

Yesterday we learned about groundwater and watersheds. Today we will talk about ways that watersheds get disturbed. Most people think

about urban development which does have an effect but even in forests, we can see watershed disturbances. Several decades ago Florida timber companies began planting certain pine trees in poor areas. These pines had roots that fanned out but could not support large trees in certain soil conditions. This caused the trees to uproot and created large gaps that collected pools of water and often parasites, algae, or bacteria. Over time these gaps can damage natural water flow which humans and wildlife depend on. This is why it’s important for the right types of trees to be planted in these areas.