Best Practices

Successful state agency efforts to support and coordinate with local planning activities

View this webinar to learn more about three distinct approaches for engaging local governments in creating mechanisms to protect drinking water sources and for rewarding land use decisions.

  • The Maine Saco River Corridor Commission provides an example of a special planning authority devoted to improving water quality. On a broader scale, Maine also has comprehensive shoreline zoning ordinances whereby states and local jurisdictions share authority. Download the Maine webinar presentation.
    During his presentation, Andrews Tolman of the Maine Drinking Water Program referred to research that the National Team conducted during the Enabling Source Water Protection project to understand which states require water suppliers to create source water protection plans before permitting new sources of drinking water and which states have shoreline or shoreland protection laws and programs in place. The National Team developed a memo describing state best practices on these topics. The memo provides details on the history and scope of source water protection planning requirements in Vermont and Utah, as well as North Carolina's watershed classification program that sets minimum standards for development. In terms of state-level mandated shoreland protection zoning, the memo highlights Maine's Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act and New Hampshire's Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act, among others. In his presentation, Andy talks about how these state-initiated tools can assist with local land-use decision-making.
  • The Ohio Lake Erie Commission's Balanced Growth Initiative calls for a voluntary watershed-based planning framework designed to prevent flood damage and protect water quality. Download the Ohio webinar presentation. During her presentation, Sandra Kosek-Sills referred to the newest edition of Best Local Land Use Practices, a resource for local land use and watershed planners.
  • The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has initiated a new North Carolina Source Water Collaborative. Members of the North Carolina collaborative include government agencies, universities, professional organizations, non-profit associations, and local Councils of Government. The Collaborative serves to help the state implement recommendations from this project and target multiple objectives to promote source water protection, leverage and influence funding, share data, forge partnerships to leverage mutual objectives. Download the North Carolina webinar presentation.

Watch a recording of this webinar to learn more.