A new issue paper, Tug Hill Aquifer 101 for Local Communities, and a revised issue paper, Why Prepare a Comprehensive Plan, are now available on the commission’s website at www.tughill.org/publications/technical-issue-papers/.
The Tug Hill Aquifer has been identified as an important source of drinking water for communities along the western edge of Tug Hill Plateau since the 1980s, when it was first investigated by the U.S. Geological Survey. Recently, there has been renewed interest by local communities to understand this regional drinking-water supply and how to protect it. The new paper provides an update on progress of current studies and gives guidance on how these studies can be used by local planners to manage this important resource.
Comprehensive plans are a widely use tool by communities that provide several benefits. Comprehensive plans provide for citizen involvement in a shared vision for the future of the community, provides a legal foundation for and coordinates land use regulatory activities, and coordinates capital projects carried out by the community.