Demonstration States

State drinking water source protection programs are as varied as the states themselves, and each of the eight states that participated in this initiative defined goals and opportunities for policy alignment and collaboration.

Maine is in the unique position of proactively addressing drinking water source protection to maintain and improve upon the health of its surface and ground waters, without having to resort to costly treatment systems. The broad collaboration among agencies, organizations, and local representatives in this project showcases Maine’s innovation and commitment to the delivery of safe, clean drinking water through a balance of smart development, conservation, and clear guidelines. Read more >>
As the national team began working with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to investigate ways to improve program alignment, the department launched the Our Missouri Waters Initiative to move all its resources and programs toward deployment on a watershed-by-watershed basis. Under this new system, planning and permitting decision-making will be managed by watershed (HUC 8 unit). The national project team explored ways to enhance the state’s existing funding programs in support of drinking water protection at the watershed level. Read more >>
New Hampshire offers some of the most coordinated policies and programs in the nation to enable drinking water protection; however, it is challenged in providing tools to support local land use decision-making for 234 separate municipalities and 25 other unincorporated areas. Expanding upon the state’s current programs and policies, this project focused primarily on how the state could support better land use decision-making at local levels. Read more >>
North Carolina seeks to build on its commitment to protect public drinking water supplies by establishing partnerships for source water protection among the state’s land conservancies, local planners, and watershed organizations. The work resulting from this project includes recommendations to help the state assist local leaders and officials as they justify, initiate, and implement source water protection activities. Read more >>
Ohio's Balanced Growth Initiative is a national model of watershed-based, multi-jurisdictional land use and water quality protection planning. This work focused on the development of ideas to improve the program’s uptake and effectiveness in order to ensure delivery on the state’s promise of improved water quality. Read more >>
In the coming years, expected population growth and land use changes could threaten the quality of Oregon’s drinking water supply. The Tualatin River watershed served as a demonstration subject around which project partners developed a GIS-based tool to simultaneously analyze multiple conditions that influence drinking water source protection efforts. Read more >>
Utah's Division of Drinking Water identified the need to inform other state agencies of source water protection requirements and potential overlap in permitting and regulatory decision-making. This project team developed recommendations for enhanced inter-agency communication and coordination. Read more >>

New York project results are coming soon!