Aquifer Protection/Groundwater Protection | Blasting | Lakes and Ponds/Public Waters | Shoreland Protection | Stormwater | Water Resources | Wetlands/Wetland Buffers
Lakes and Ponds/Public Waters
- Chapter 483-B Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (SWQPA) [f.k.a. Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act]
- List of towns with Shoreland Protection regulations , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information.
This list should not be construed to mean that any municipality has complied with the terms of RSA 483-B, the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, or that the Office of Energy and Planning has certified such compliance. This list is merely a self-reported statement by municipalities that they have adopted some level of shoreland protection.
- DES Shoreland Program
- Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Handbook, Chapter 2.1 Permanent (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management
- List of towns with Stormwater Management (post-construction) regulations , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information.
- Responses to the April 19, 2012 Plan-link posting :
"I am looking for examples of towns that have incorporated portions of the 2008 Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques to strengthen 1. The erosion/sedimentation control and 2. The permanent stormwater management sections of their site plan or subdivision regs. I've looked at quite a few on the list on the OEP website and most just have either very minimal language or one of the old models. I have several towns interested in adding some portions of the new model language to improve what they have. Have others used certain portions of the two models (or one or the other)?"
- Managing Stormwater as a Valuable Resource - A message for New Hampshire municipalities and water suppliers , September 2001, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Water Division (NHDES-R-WD-01-13)
- Low Impact Development and Stormwater Management , NH DES Fact Sheet, WD-WMB-17, 2010
- New Hampshire Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management - Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions For Your Home , NH DES WD-11-11, March 2011 (updated June 15, 2011)
- DES Nonpoint Source Pollution
- NHDOT Guidelines For Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management , (NHDOT Business Center)
- UNH Stormwater Center - Dedicated to the protection of water resources through effective stormwater management
- 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.
- Model Health Ordinances to Implement a Wellhead or Groundwater Protection Program - OSP, October, 1992
- Best management Practices to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution: A Guide for Citizens and Town Officials - DES, January 2004
- Formulating a Water Resources Management & Protection Plan Technical Bulletin #9
- 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.
- Wetlands Bureau, Department of Environmental Services
- List of towns with Wetland Protection regulations , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information
- List of towns with Wetlands Buffering requirements , as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information
- NH Towns' Wetland Buffer Requirements 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 (January 2010)
- Wetlands Mitigation/Restoration Issues Technical Bulletin #2
- What is a Forested Floodplain? Technical Bulletin #15
- Buffers for Wetlands and Surface Waters - OSP
This document is the result of a cooperative effort between the Audubon Society of NH, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Office of State Planning and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It provides a summary of the technical basis for vegetative buffer requirements adjacent to priority wetlands and surface waters.
- Municipal Guide to Wetland Protection
Audobon Society of NH, Nashua Regional Planning Commission, NH Association of Conservation Commissions, NH Office of State Planning, NH Wetlands Bureau, September, 1993 (a very limited number of copies of this publication are available by contacting OEP.
- Protecting New Hampshire's Wetlands: Municipal Issues, New Hampshire Town and City, July/August 2005
- Fee In Lieu of Compensatory Wetland Mitigation: A New Tool for Developers and Towns Alike
by Amy Manzelli, Esq., January 2007 (Amy Manzelli is an environmental attorney at Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C. For further information, please contact her at (603) 223-2828 or email@example.com.)
- Prime Wetland Designation Activities: 2005- 2008
From 2005 to 2008, the NHEP supported seven Prime Wetlands designation projects in the Seacoast. In 2008, warrant articles to adopt Prime Wetlands were on the town ballot in the communities of Fremont, Hampton Falls, Brentwood, and Newfields. Three of the four warrants were approved. This report utilizes interviews with Conservation Commission Chairs and key conservation professionals to document the activities leading up to the town vote in each of these towns. NHEP expenditures and outreach materials used by the communities are also included. The report concludes with recommendations for other communities preparing Prime Wetland designations.
- Planner's Guide to Wetland Buffers for Local Governments
The upland area surrounding a wetland - the wetland buffer - is essential to its health and survival. Healthy wetlands and buffer areas help to control flooding, protect water flows, conserve native plants and wildlife, and support nature-friendly land use and development. Local governments are often better situated than state and federal environmental authorities to control activities on the lands that surround wetland resource areas, because they are not just concerned with wetland functions, but also with surrounding land uses and the benefits wetlands provide for their communities.