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WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection Toolkit

New York State offers funding assistance for protecting public water supply sources. WQIP Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection provides funding to municipalities, land trusts and soil and water conservation districts to purchase land and/or conservation easements to protect their public drinking water. Awardees can then be stewards for that land, managing it's use to help ensure protection of the nearby public water supply.

Recipients of WQIP grant funding to acquire land for source water protection must complete the necessary documentation to receive approval for land purchases and/or conservation easements identified in their work plan. To aid with the development of these documents, DEC has developed standards and guidelines for awardees to use.

Land Acquisition Project Documents

The documents listed below are a few examples of what may need to be submitted for land purchase and/or conservation easement approval prior to closing.

  • Municipal Notification
  • Public Access
  • Non-Restricted Appraisals
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Baseline Documentation
  • Surveys
  • Conservation Easement Language
  • Title Report and Insurance
  • Purchase Price and Deed

Document Resources

Grant recipients will find two sets of guidelines, required and suggested, to use when developing land acquisition project documents. Required includes standards that must be complied with in order to receive approval for those specific documents. Suggested includes information that could be useful, but the recipient does not have to follow. DEC is in the process of developing additional guidelines that will be added to the appropriate list once they are finalized.



Additional Resources

Below are additional resources to aid awardees with contract development and other contract items.

  • Sample Land Acquisition Project Work Plan (PDF) - A sample document to assist awardees in developing a work plan specific to their project. Awardees are expected to provide additional detail so the work plan fits their unique project.
  • Sample Land Acquisition Program Work Plan (PDF) - A sample document to assist awardees in developing a workplan specific to their program. Awardees are expected to provide additional detail so the work plan fits their unique program.
  • Quarterly Report (MS Word) - Use this template to prepare quarterly reports for Land Acquisition Projects for Source Water Protection. The Program Progress Details section of the Quarterly Report must include:
    • All objectives and tasks listed in the associated work plan and in matching order.
    • The same performance measures listed in the associated work plan.
    • A quarterly activity description for each task. If a task has yet to be worked on, the quarterly activity description can state "No activity this quarter."
    • All objectives and tasks, even after they are 100% complete.
  • Attachment E - Acknowledgment of Funding Source (PDF) - Requirements for communication with the public and signage.
    • If you have any questions regarding signage requirements or Attachment E of the contract, contact us at before moving forward.
  • WQIP Land Acquisition Project Check Sheets - Optional check sheets awardees can use that outline the documents that need to be submitted to DEC for fee title and conservation easement acquisitions.
  • WQIP Land Acquisition FAQ (PDF) - Frequently asked questions on WQIP Land Acquisition Projects.