The Contoocook and North Branch Rivers are among New Hampshire’s Designated Rivers, of which there are well over a dozen in our state. Part of the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program is the partnership created between state government and local citizens through the formation of a Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC) for each Designated River. These committees play a vital role in protecting not only the river, but its shorelands and contributing watersheds. A minimum of one resident from each riverfront community along the length of designation is appointed to the committee by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). Committee members represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds.
Meeting date, time and location
Third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Monadnock Paper Mill.
The responsibilities of the LAC are:
To advise the commissioner, the advisory committee (Rivers Management Advisory Committee), the municipalities through which the Designated River or segment flows, the municipalities within tributary drainage areas on matters pertaining to the management of the river or segment and tributary drainage areas.
To consider and comment on any federal, state, or local governmental plans to approve license, fund or construct facilities that would alter the resource values and characteristics for which the river or segment is designated.
To develop or assist in the development and adoption of local river corridor management plans. The local planning board may adopt such plans as an adjunct to their local master plan.
To report biennially to the Rivers Management Advisory Committee and the commissioner, and annually to municipalities on the status of compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, local ordinances, and plans relevant to the Designated River or segment, its corridor, and tributary drainage areas. NHDES offers the committee technical assistance in developing and implementing the management plan.
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