Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Governments US EPA web site contains an overwhelming amount of data, technical
publications, guidance documents and a wealth of information. We've
included a few selected documents here of interest for convenience.
Please visit the US EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov
for more information, or to locate the source documents.
Selected US EPA documents...
Private Wells: What to do after the flood - August 1993
supplemental guide to state and local health ordinances on what to do
after a flood or when your well head is underwater.
Citizens Guide to Ground Water Protection - April 1990
easy to read and understand publication for citizens. Starting on
Page 20, they refer to "Management Tools" such as updating local
Zoning, Subdivision Regulations, and Site Review Plans amongst other
Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual - January 1987
Army Corps of Engineers manual that serves as the basis for wetlands delineation.
This 147 page document answers any question you may have about how
wetlands are delineated.
|NH Department of
Environmental Services (DES)
|The New Hampshire Department of
Environmental Services (DES) web site contains an overwhelming amount
information specific to New Hampshire Towns. We've included a few
selected documents here of interest for convenience. Please visit
the NH DES web site at http://www.des.state.nh.us
for more information, or to locate the source documents. While the
DES does not provide endorsements for local zoning issues, they lay out
model zoning ordinances and provide most of the technical backup data and
services to support towns.
Selected NH DES documents...
DES Memo from Sarah Pillsbury
is a memo urging municipalities to be proactive in protecting drinking
water supply areas by reviewing and updating local zoning ordinance,
subdivision regulations, and site plan reviews.
Environmental Web Information - An on-line system
online and interactive system that allows you to search on Pelham and
browse the active database on applications, activities, closed cases, and
browse just what's on file. Follow the "One Stop Data
Retrieval" link then follow the "OneStop Master Site
Table" option to search on "Pelham". Once the
list comes up, you can browse the database. (This database is
sometimes off-line for unknown reasons, but if you check back, it will
later be up and running.)
Fact Sheet - Protection Measures for Drinking Water Sources - Sept 2000
you consider the list of things DES recommends, Pelham has made progress
in great progress in some areas, and some areas still needing attention.
This fact sheet also notes the recent changes in many State and Federal
Water Protection Programs, that in effect, outdate Pelham's current WCD
ordinance with respect to the knowledge of understanding about how our
surface and sub-surface waters interact with our drinking water supplies.
Env-WS 386 - Protection of the Purity of Surface Water Supplies
home page to Env-WS 386 dedicated to the protection of the purity of
surface water supplies. Env-WS 386 involves DES interaction when
protection large water supply areas. Detailed specifications are
linked off this page.
Model Groundwater Protection Zoning Ordinance - February 1999
is a model zoning ordinance with explanations of terms and sample letters
in the appendix. This model offers an alternative view between
Restrictive Zoning vs. Inspections.
Model Rule for the protection of water supply watersheds - April 2000 (PDF
is a model rule offers excellent insight to the situation in NH. The
introduction paragraphs clearly layout the importance and need for
protecting our watershed areas. the publication also references
setback of 300 feet in certain situations, and makes reference on Page 6,
2nd bullet, last sentence, that "...two-thirds respondents with a
protective buffer of 75 feet felt that the buffer should be 200 feet,
at least for their sources." Our current buffers are only 50
Town of Bow, New Hampshire WCD Zoning - January 1990 (PDF 25Kb)
Town of Bow's WCD zoning ordinance which is more restrictive in some
areas, and less restrictive than others with respect to the proposed WCD
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