Non-Point Source Pollution

Non-Point Source Pollution

Non-point Source (NPS) pollution is the largest source of water quality degradation to our source water resources across the nation. According to United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) information, 40 percent of our surveyed rivers, lakes, and estuaries are not clean enough to meet basic uses such as fishing or swimming because of NPS pollution of our surface and ground water resources.

The American Ground Water Trust received a grant from the EPA under the Source Water Protection Program to help the town of Plainfield, Connecticut create a matrix (Tables 1 and 2) of land use types, land use management goals and best management practices (BMPs) to address NPS pollution issues in the town. A manual was created for the town that includes the matrix, descriptions of fundamental NPS categories, glossary of terms, references cited, a Land Use Management Area map of the town and Appendix of BMP descriptions.

This information may serve as an example for other rural municipalities and can be accessed through the links below. These documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader please download it free from Adobe (see below) and then return here to download and view the documents.

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Acrobat Reader
Adobe Website
(2.9 MB file)

The following tables are contained within the Manual and are provided here for quick reference purposes.

Table 1. Land Use Management Goals and Land Use Types
(10 K file)


Table 2. Best Management Practices and Land Use Management Goals
(10 K file)