Water flow in forest (IMAGE) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Caption Forest soils absorb water during the wet season and release it as stream flow during the dry months, helping ensure water security. Credit Ana Endara, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Usage Restrictions Credit must be given to the creator. Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted. License CC BY-NC Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.