Candia’s concern over local development, its rapid growth and encroaching sprawl, and the resulting negative impacts on the natural environment led them to consider taking more serious steps towards environmental protection. This resulted in a two-pronged initiative: a land conservation program, and a survey to collect baseline data about their groundwater resources. With many of the lands overlying identified aquifers not permanently protected, conservation of these lands is critical for preserving the integrity of Candia’s current and future water supplies. The Candia Open Space Committee was a direct outgrowth of the NROC program. With NROC staff assistance, the group formulated its structure and goals, and established its relationship with the Candia Conservation Commission. During the NROC process, the group developed a public outreach strategy to build support for land protection, and to reach landowners interested in conserving their land. As part of their land conservation efforts, the Open Space Committee and Conservation Commission wrote a warrant article for the 2005 Town meeting for $200,000 to replenish their conservation fund. To build support for this initiative, the group developed a brochure describing the Open Space Committee and their goals, and four newsletters. The warrant article was passed successfully. The intent is that the Conservation Commission will come back to town meeting every year, report on its activities/spending, and request replenishment of the funds spent. To reach out to landowners, the Open Space Committee and other town boards hosted the Dollars and Sense of Saving Special Places presentation, and held three informal “coffee evening” workshops at private homes for interested landowners. The Candia-NROC group’s concern about drinking water resources (both quality and quantity) led to the development and implementation of a well survey to collect baseline data about Candia’s ground water resources. The survey, which was sent to 1500 households, yielded an 18% response.
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
New Hampshire Estuaries Project
Stone, Amanda, "Candia Land Conservation and Well Survey Project" (2005). PREP Reports & Publications. 190.