Water: Nonpoint Source Success Stories
State Funding Programs: New Hampshire's Water Supply Land Conservation Grant Program
|In spring 2000 the New Hampshire legislature created the Water Supply Land Conservation Grant Program. Under the program, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) provides grants to municipal or nonprofit water suppliers for the purchase of land or conservation easements critical to the quality of their water. These water supply lands must be within the source water protection areas for existing or planned public drinking water sources. DES has $1.5 million available for grants during the first year of the program.
The state grants must be matched by 75 percent from local sources. These match sources can include donated land or easements that also lie within the source water protection area, public funds, transaction expenses, or private funds. A low-interest loan fund is also available from DES to help communities finance some or all of the match.
For more information on New Hampshire's Water Supply Land Conservation Grant Program, see www.des.state.nh.us/ dwspp/ws_landgrant.htm. [BROKEN]