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New Hampshire Nonpoint Source Management Plan

NPS Management Plan Goals

New Hampshires Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program logoThe goal of New Hampshire’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program is to protect and restore clean water in the state’s rivers, lakes, estuaries, and other waters from the negative impacts of nonpoint source pollution. Specifically, the NPS Program works toward improving land management practices such that water quality in impaired watersheds is restored and water quality in healthy watersheds is not degraded as a result of land use activities.
The objectives of this Plan are to:

  • Inform NH residents and NPS partners about the causes and impacts of NPS pollution in New Hampshire.
  • Set broad priorities for addressing NPS pollution sources in New Hampshire.
  • Identify long-term goals for protecting and restoring waters and watersheds from NPS pollution.
  • Establish specific, short-term objectives and measurable milestones to be accomplished over the next 5 years to work toward attaining long-term NPS Program goals.

NPS Management Plan Update

In 2014 the Department of Environmental Services (DES) will be updating New Hampshire’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan (Plan). The Plan serves as a non-regulatory road map to guide NPS Program activities including outreach, planning, and implementation projects. The Plan updates the state’s 1999 NPS Plan and outlines New Hampshire’s approach to addressing NPS pollution during years 2015 through 2019.

Draft NPS Management Plan

In 2013, DES worked with several focus groups to develop a Draft NPS Management Plan as a “strawman” for further input by stakeholders. The complete Draft Plan as well as sections of the Draft Plan by NPS Topic are available below.

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NPS Topics

Outreach and Comments

DES will be presenting on the Draft Nonpoint Source Management Plan at workshops, conferences, and to stakeholder audiences through the Spring of 2014. If you are interested in having DES present at a regular meeting of your organization, please contact Jillian McCarthy at

If you would like to submit individual comments on the draft Plan or a particular NPS topic please submit written comments via email by May 31, 2014 to Jillian McCarthy at



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