Wetlands provide critical functions:

  • absorbing and filtering storm runoff, thus protecting the quality of surface & ground waters on which people depend
  • providing diverse habitats for rare and common species of plants & animals
  • providing recreational opportunities.

Wetlands are protected by law:

See the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetlands Bureau for details.

Extra protections:

Vernal pools
Prime wetlands

salamander eggs in vernal pool

Protecting shorelands

Construction and other activities within 250 feet of the following Tamworth water bodies are regulated by the State of NH Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act:

  • All of the Bearcamp River
  • Swift River downstream of juncture of Paugus Brook & Wonalancet River
  • Chocorua Lake
  • Duck Pond (in Hemenway SF)
  • Great Hill Pond
  • Jackman Pond
  • Little Lake
  • Moore's Pond
  • White Lake

See the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Shoreland Program.

chocorua lake and the recreation it provides are only possible because of hard work by the chocorua lake conservancy (CLC) and continual conservation efforts.  TCC collaborateswith CLC and other conservation groups throughout town.

Protecting groundwater

Groundwater is the source of drinking water for Tamworth residents. Its quality is vital to public health. 

The greatest threat to groundwater quality comes from petroleum products and other hazardous liquids - known as "regulated substances."  Every citizen has an interest in ensuring that such substances are handled, stored, and disposed of properly.

The NH Legislature and NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) have created a law (RSA 485-C) and regulations to protect groundwater.  However, the Legislature has made it clear that the primary responsibility for protecting groundwater lies at the local level, because it is a local resource. 

Green Mountain Conservation Group, which serves all towns towns within the Ossipee Lake watershed, has some useful local information concerning groundwater protection.

U. S. EPA Source Water Protection
NHDES Drinking & Groundwater Protection
Draft Tamworth Groundwater Protection Ordinance, 2011

Here's what YOU can do:

  • Minimize use of hazardous chemicals; use less toxic alternatives.
  • Bring leftover chemicals, oil paints, fuels, etc. to Household Hazardous Waste Day (late July/early August each year).
  • Transfer fuels and other regulated substances over a drip pan or other impervious surface (there are portable spill containment systems for use when refueling skidders and farm machinery).
  • Avoid spills. Keep absorbent materials (rags, speedee‐dri, etc.) close by, and promptly clean up any spill that occurs.
  • Store gas, oil, pesticides, and other regulated substances in labeled, closed, leak‐proof containers on an impervious surface, under cover.
  • Apply fertilizers at no more than the recommended rate, if at all.
  • Encourage these Best Management Practices at home and at work.
  • Take care of your septic system: don’t pour paints, gas, oil, or other chemicals down the drain, and have the septic tank pumped out every 3‐5 years.

The TCC can help you understand and navigate the regulations.  Contact us.