Lake and Stream Management
In addition to land use regulation, Plan Conformance requires the development, adoption, and implementation of resource management planning and protection programs. The Highlands Council provides technical assistance and grant funding to support such programs. Support materials for all required programs will be posted here as the relevant guidance is developed and released by the Highlands Council.
Water Use and Conservation Management
Although materials below are intended primarily for use by municipalities within the Highlands Region (and grant funding is available to support associated work for municipalities that are conforming with the Highlands RMP) the principles, strategies and methods outlined within are applicable to any municipality and may be of interest to other stakeholders.
Conforming Highlands municipalities are eligible for grant funding to support the development and implementation of Stormwater Management Programs. Guidance documents for the development of these programs is available below. Contact your Highlands Council Liaison for more information. **PLEASE NOTE users are invited to submit comments on this draft guidance, which may be incorporated into future versions.**
The Highlands Regional Master Plan (RMP) requires that conforming municipalities develop Water Use and Conservation Management Plans (WUCMPs) that reflect the policies and objectives of the RMP. To aid municipalities in this effort, the Highlands Council developed a WUCMP Pilot Program. The Pilot Program focused on nine (9) pilot areas in 17 subwatersheds in the Region to test assessment techniques and deficit reduction methods. While the pilot areas were not developed based on municipal boundaries, the pilot WUCMPs are intended to be used as planning tools to help municipalities develop their own plans.
The following documents are the results of the WUCMP Pilot Program and may assist in the development of municipal WUCMPs in support of Plan Conformance. Please contact your Highlands Council liaison for assistance in completing the required components of the grant-funded work.
Pilot areas include all or portions of the municipalities indicated below.