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Fresh Water: From the Mountains To Your Drinking Glass

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By the Numbers: Water Production 2012

ONE

How many pigs it takes to uproot a forest area the size of a football field in one week.

10

Percent of priority watershed areas statewide currently protected.

12

Percent of rainfall decline in Hawaii in past 20 years.

551

Number of watersheds across the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago.

$14 billion

Estimated net present value of Oahu’s Koolau forests to provide water quality and recharge, climate control, biodiversity and cultural, aesthetic, recreational and commercial values to residents and visitors.

85 million

Gallons of estimated groundwater recharge lost daily in East Hawaii Island due to invasive plants.

9.5

The average response, on a scale of 1 (disagree) to 10 (agree), by Hawaii residents surveyed on the statement: “Hawaii forests are important to Hawaii’s fresh water supply.”

Sources: State Department of Land and Natural Resources; Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships (www.hawp.org); University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, 1997; U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5078; 2011 Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Department of Geography; and OmniTrak Watershed Survey, October 2011.

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