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Working lands can be key to protecting clean drinking water: We can help!


Agriculture is a vital part of our infrastructure and so is water. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working to prioritize land and water conservation practices on private working lands. These practices provide many benefits, including protecting public and private drinking water supplies. In N.H., there are over 700 source water protection areas which are associated with intakes for surface water (lakes, reservoirs and rivers) or groundwater wells in aquifers. Surface waters are often more at risk for from pollutants such as excess nutrients, sediment, chemicals, and bacteria. Many towns and cities in N.H. are dependent on surface waters to supply drinking water to their residents.

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A map of source water protection areas in NH for Fiscal Year 2021

NRCS can assist private landowners:

NRCS is focused on improving private working lands and providing assistance to farmers and forest landowners to improve water quality. NRCS often starts by looking at the types of land uses in the watershed.

By assessing and installing best management practices on working agricultural lands and private forest land, and with conservation easements, we can assist in promoting soil health, reducing erosion and lessening nutrient runoff. This helps keeps rivers and streams clean, impacting the water quality at intake for drinking water.

View the interactive map here.

View the source water outreach fact sheet here.