Water Quality Work

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is doing our part to address pollution in the Mount Washington Valley watershed.

In the spring of 2017, USVLT received a $20,000 grant from New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) to address pollution in the region's waterways, including potential groundwater pollution. Water quality issues in the Mount Washington Valley region stem from many various pollution sources both above and below ground. We've been charged with helping to pinpoint any of these unidentified sources of pollution, as well as reaching out to our communities to explore if and how they might modify their aquifer protection ordinances to help protect valuable groundwater. FB Environmental, a consulting firm based in Portland and Portsmouth, has been engaged to do the pollution identification work on our behalf and assist with ongoing community outreach regarding ordinances.

As part of USVLT's ongoing work to protect water resources throughout our service area, on conservation properties and non-conservation properties alike, in 2017 and 2018 we met with elected representatives from all of the towns we serve in New Hampshire. In March 2019, the Town of Hart's Location voted to adopt the NHDES Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance thanks to these efforts by USVLT. Click here to learn more about this victory.