Until recently the development of forestry sites in the United Kingdom paid little regard for their impact on the aquatic environment, with the result that there have been several instances of major damage to drinking water reservoirs, two of which are described briefly. In order to improve the formal planning of future forestry work the water industry initiated development of a joint Working Group, with the objective of producing Guidelines for use throughout the forest industry. Development of these Guidelines are described, as is the basic content of the final document which now forms an important reference work for the industry, both for the development of new forest sites and for restocking following felling of the first rotation. Concerns remain regarding the continuing management of sites, particularly with regard to artificial fertilisation and its potential to encourage algal blooms in standing waters: close liaison will be necessary between water and forestry interests.

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