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Groundwater Protection Through Land Use Regulation in the Town of Plaistow


Plaistow has been engaged in numerous efforts to address groundwater resource concerns.  The Conservation Commission and other stakeholders—including representatives of some of the Town’s many public water supply systems—have worked with the Northeast Rural Water Association to develop a groundwater protection plan.  This effort has focused on increasing local awareness of groundwater issues, and also is exploring the possibility of a BMP inspection program.  In addition, Plaistow provided a 40% match, with 60% funding from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services, to develop data and conduct a GIS mapping of all of the town’s stormwater drainage infrastructure.  This information will provide a better understanding of the interrelationships between impervious surface runoff, groundwater recharge, and surface water quality. In addition, Plaistow plans to conduct a town-wide build-out analysis, which will provide important information about the layout and impacts associated with future growth under current zoning regulations.

The purpose of this project is to identify and recommend opportunities for Plaistow to enhance its local land use regulations to better protect the sustainability of its groundwater resources—both in terms of quality and quantity.  The project was conducted by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) in conjunction with the Plaistow Conservation Commission:

For additional information contact: Tom Irwin with the Conservation Law Foundation  at 603-225-3060.


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Groundwater Protection Study Document 210 K (PDF)
Groundwater Protection Study Title Page 69 K (PDF)


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