Water Resource Protection
Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance
This ordinance has been designed for the protection of aquifers as well as other locally important groundwater, which may include wellhead protection areas. The purpose of this model is to provide communities with an example of an ordinance that complies with state laws and is consistent with current approaches to groundwater protection.
Vermont Trees for Streams Resource Guide
The Vermont Trees for Streams Resource Guide is intended for conservation managers whose goal is to properly identify, plan for, and install vegetated buffer projects.
Reading Vermont's Rivers
This publication is designed to help us understand how we can live in greater balance with our rivers, especially in light of recent, and no doubt future, extreme weather.
Municipal Planning for Groundwater Protection
This guide is designed for municipal officials, citizens and anyone else interested in the management of groundwater at the local level in Vermont.
This chapter provides municipalities with a model ordinance designed to protect wetlands and adjacent upland habitat and the functions and values they provide.
Protection of Groundwater and Surface Water Resources
This chapter addresses groundwater and surface water separately through model ordinances that focus on the regulation of land use and the implementation of performance standards as the primary mechanisms to protect the quality of these resources.
Shoreland Protection: The Importance of Riparian Buffers
The purpose of this chapter is to provide municipalities with a model ordinance designed to promote shoreland and riparian protection.
Beginning with Habitat (BwH) Toolbox – Wetland and Shoreland Zoning Tools
The Beginning with Habitat Toolbox provides several examples of how towns have adopted more specific rules beyond what minimum shoreland zoning guidelines require. As a result, these towns have not only increased habitat protections, but are in better control of protecting surface and groundwater quality, and managing stormwater at the local level. Includes wetland and shoreland zoning definitions, a model municipal freshwater wetlands ordinance, suggested amendments to the state's minimum shoreland zoning provisions, resource protection ordinances, and in lieu fee mitigation funds.
Buffers for Wetlands and Surface Waters: A Guidebook for New Hampshire Municipalities
The purposes of this guidebook are: 1) To assist municipalities by providing a scientific basis for the importance of naturally vegetated buffers next to wetlands and surface waters, and; 2) To provide guidance on ways to protect wetland and surface water buffers, whether through zoning, acquisition or education.