Good Forestry in the Granite State:
Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire
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4.1 WATER QUALITY

BACKGROUND

Human uses of surface waters, the survival of fish and other aquatic organisms, and the quality of groundwater supplies all depend on clean surface water.

The most important aspect of protecting water quality is maintaining the integrity of wetlands, instream, and riparian areas (see other chapters in the water resources section). Guidelines for conducting forest management in and adjacent to wetlands and surface waters are known as best management practices, or BMPs. They are designed to protect water quality. These guidelines, some of which are law, are found in Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations in New Hampshire published by the N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands. We address other water-quality topics in more detail in other water resources chapters.

OBJECTIVE

Protect water quality during and following harvesting and road-building.

CONSIDERATIONS

RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

If a spill occurs, contact NHDES for information at 271-3899or, after hours or on weekends, the State Police at 271-3636.

CROSS REFERENCES

3.1 Timber Harvesting Systems; 3.2 Logging Aesthetics; 3.3 Aesthetics of Skid Trails, Truck Roads and Landings; 4.2 Wetlands; 4.3 Forest Management in Riparian Areas; 4.4 Streams Crossings and Habitat; 6.8 Beaver-Created Openings.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

N.H. Administrative Rules Env-Wt 101. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/Rules/state_agencies/env-wt100-800.html Accessed on May 27, 2010.

N.H. Administrative Rules Env-Ws 386. http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/legal/rules/documents/env-ws386.pdf Accessed on February 1, 2010.

N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services. 2007. Reporting Oil Spills, Hazardous Waste Spills and Groundwater Contamination. http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/pip/factsheets/rem/documents/rem-13.pdf Accessed on February 1, 2010.

N.H. Dept of Environmental Services. Drinking Water Source Protection Program. http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/dwspp/index.htm Accessed on February 1, 2010.

N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands. 2004. Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations in New Hampshire. State of New Hampshire. http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000247_Rep266.pdf Accessed March 13, 2010.

NH GRANIT. http://www.granit.unh.edu/ Accessed on February 1, 2010.

RSA 227-J. Timber Harvesting. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xix-a/227-j/227-j-mrg.htm Accessed May 27, 2010.

RSA 482-A. Fill and Dredge in Wetlands. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/l/482-a/482-a-mrg.htm Accessed May 27, 2010.

RSA 483-B. Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/l/483-b/483-b-mrg.htm Accessed May 27, 2010.

Smith, S. (ed). 2005. Best Management Practices for Forestry: Protecting New Hampshire’s Water Quality. UNH Cooperative Extension, Durham N.H. http://extension.unh.edu/resources/representation/Resource000248_Rep267.pdf Accessed February 8, 2010.

Smith, S. 2009. Guide to New Hampshire Timber Harvesting Laws. UNH Cooperative Extension, Durham, N.H. 37 p.

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