The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services created and periodically updates, the Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance to serve as a reference for communities seeking to adopt local controls to protect groundwater that may serve as a source of drinking water.

 

The Model ordinance was last updated in 2015 and is scheduled to be updated this summer.  

Please take a moment to review the model ordinance, review your own ordinance, or think back to a recent planning effort in your community, and let us know how the model ordinance can be improved upon. A link to the Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance is below.

https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/publications/wd/documents/wd-06-41.pdf

If you have any questions or comments on this process or have additional input, please contact Andrew Madison at 603-271-2950 or Andrew.Madison@des.nh.gov.

Thank you for your time!

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* 1. If you used/referred to the NHDES’s Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance to adopt or revise your community’s ground/source/drinking water protection ordinance, did you find the language useful? If not, please explain why.

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* 2. Was the Model Ordinance the primary source for the language in your community’s ordinance? If not, what source(s) did you use to draft the language?  

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* 3. Were there certain provisions or language that have been particularly critical in your view to protecting local groundwater? If yes, please explain.

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* 4. Are there any land uses you feel are not appropriately addressed (e.g., should be prohibited, conditional, etc.) by the model ordinance? If yes, please explain.

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* 5. Are there any performance standards in the model ordinance you feel should be added or removed?

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* 6. Do you think groundwater monitoring should be added to the list of performance standards?

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* 7. Do you feel PFAS should be addressed in the Model?

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* 8. Are there other modifications to the Model you feel are necessary to add/change?   Please check all that may apply, and/or add your own thoughts.

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* 9. Are there any other comments or thoughts you would like to share which are not already addressed in this survey?

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