Model Water Quality Buffer Regulation: Protecting Water Resources at the Local Level
Methods of Buffer Protection
Water quality buffers can incorporate landscape level characteristics that contribute to water quality impairment such as steep slopes, erodible soils, stormwater runoff, and non-point and point sources of pollution.
The model buffer regulation seeks to recognize these landscape characteristics where they occur - not on all properties and not on all development sites. The goal is to prevent water quality impairment and minimize existing impairments when possible.
Buffer protections can be adopted by municipalities as an overlay district in the zoning ordinance or in land development regulations (e.g. Site Plan Review and Subdivision Regulations). Each method has varying degrees of authority, applicability, and protection of water quality.
Options and Challenges to Local Adoption
Model Water Quality Buffer Regulation
A statewide stakeholder workshop was held via Zoom on Monday May 24, 2021. The workshop presentation is available below.
Project Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee convened on March 1, 2021. Meeting notes are available here.
Advisory Committee meetings were held:
Wednesday April 7, 2021 from 2:00-4:00pm via Zoom video conference
Monday May 3, 2021 from 2:00-4:00pm via Zoom video conference