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Water Resources

Aquifer Protection/Groundwater Protection | Blasting | Lakes and Ponds/Public Waters | Shoreland Protection | Stormwater | Wastewater Engineering/Septic Systems | Water Resources | Wetlands/Wetland Buffers

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  • State Water Plan Process: Municipalities Have a Crucial Stake, New Hampshire Town and City, April 2009
    Water has shaped the history of New Hampshire's communities, in many ways defines their unique character today and will continue to influence their future. The state boasts more than 1,000 lakes and large ponds, 17,000 miles of mapped rivers and streams, 238 miles of ocean and estuarine coastline, and hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands. Stratified-drift aquifer deposits cover 14 percent of the state and groundwater in bedrock fractures provides water supply via public and private wells to most rural New Hampshire communities. We rely on these water resources for water supply, hydroelectric generation, recreation, tourism, fish and wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and the state's exceptional quality of life.
  • DES Water Resources Primer - 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 pdf file (November 1995, Revised May 1997)
  • Best management Practices to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution: A Guide for Citizens and Town Officials pdf file- DES, January 2004

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NH Office of Energy and Planning
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