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Water Resources

Aquifer/Groundwater Protection


Lakes and Ponds/Public Waters

Shoreland Protection


Wastewater Engineering/Septic Systems

Water Resources

  • State Water Plan Process: Municipalities Have a Crucial Stake, New Hampshire Town and City, April 2009
  • DES Water Resources Primer  (Chapter 7, Water Use and Conservation)- January 2009
    The Water Resources Primer was developed to inform policy makers and citizens about the state's water resources and the challenges faced in sustainably managing them. It was developed as part of an initiative to develop a statewide, comprehensive water resources plan, spearheaded by the Legislature's Statutory Water Resources Committee. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is the lead author, although the document was significantly influenced and improved by the contributions of many volunteer stakeholders and experts.
  • Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
    The mission of Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is to protect and improve the water quality and overall health of the region's two estuaries – Great Bay & Hampton-Seabrook. We monitor and research the region's water ways, encourage all who live, work and play on the Seacoast to take actions to help protect and preserve the places we love, support development patterns that protect water quality, maintain open spaces and important habitat, and restore estuarine resources.
  • Buffers for Wetlands and Surface Waters - A Guidebook for New Hampshire Municipalities (November 1995, Revised May 1997)

Wetlands/Wetland Buffers

  • Wetlands Bureau, Department of Environmental Services
  • NH Method
    The Method for Inventorying and Evaluating Freshwater Wetlands in New Hampshire (NH Method) provides communities, conservation groups and natural resources consultants a practical method for evaluating wetland functions. Originally published in 1991, the NH Method (2011) has been updated for the first time in 20 years.
  • NH Towns' Wetland Buffer Requirements (January 2010) This chart begun by Betsy Janeway, Webster, added onto by Chris Parker, Dover, and now Francie Von Mertens, Peterborough. Accuracy/completeness not guaranteed and does not represent a thorough inventory of town wetland/shoreland ordinances. Send updates/corrections/additions to Francie Von Mertens (603) 924-6550 (Provided with expressed permission.)
  • Vernal Pool Best Management Practices (BMPs) - US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Protecting New Hampshire's Wetlands: Municipal Issues, New Hampshire Town and City, July/August 2005
  • See the results of the Municipal Land Use Regulation Annual Survey for municipalities with Wetland Protection or Wetlands Buffering requirements.