Salmon Falls Watershed at Risk

According to the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Piscataqua-Salmon Falls watershed ranks 3rd in the nation in terms of total acreage of private forest projected to experience increased housing density from 2000 to 2030.

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More worrisome is the finding that the Piscataqua-Salmon Falls watershed ranks 1st in the nation projected to experience the most change in water quality as a result of those increases in housing density on private forest lands.

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Acton and Wakefield contain the headwaters of the Salmon Falls River in Great East Lake, Horn Pond, Lake Ivanhoe, Lovell Lake and Wilson Lake. This study illustrates how critical it is that the time to act is now to preserve the high quality waters we depend upon. AWWA is working with the Towns and lake associations to spread the word that how land is used has a direct effect on the quality of the water it drains to. Read the full report “Private Forests, Public Benefits” for more detailed information.

The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership has convened the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative to improve watershed planning and management — and to protect water supply sources — in the Salmon Falls River watershed.

The collaborative will coordinate long-term source water protection efforts among planning commissions, land trusts, watershed associations, water systems, and town, state, and federal agencies in New Hampshire and Maine. The collaborative’s goal is to protect and sustain high quality drinking water in the Salmon Falls River watershed.