Concord, NH – The Rivers Management Advisory Committee (RMAC) unanimously recommended that the Ammonoosuc River be designated into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). The Committee representatives include recreation, conservation, hydroelectric, agricultural, business and industry, municipal water and conservation commissions, fish and game, and other interests.
The Rivers Management and Protection Act of 1988 (RSA 483) established the RMPP based on a two-tier approach to river management and protection: state designation of significant rivers and protection of instream values and local development and adoption of river corridor management plans to protect shorelines and adjacent lands. RSA 483 also established the RMAC, whose members represent a wide range of river interests and work closely with DES in an advisory capacity.
Prior to a public hearing in Littleton regarding the nomination The RMAC met with the sponsors of the nomination-the Ammonoosuc River Corridor Advisory Committee and Town of Littleton-to learn more about the river and discuss the nomination. A tour of river sites was attended by members of the RMAC. .
"The Rivers Management Advisory Committee members really appreciated the opportunity to visit sites along the river and listen to each of the individuals who spoke at the hearing," said RMAC Vice-chair, Michele Tremblay. "It’s crucial for the Committee to hear everyone’s questions, concerns, and comments so that it can make the best possible recommendation."
"The RMAC was very impressed with the level of public support demonstrated for the nomination at the public hearing," said Kenneth Kimball, RMAC Chair. "Of the seven towns involved, letters of support were received from the elected officials from each one", he said. . Approximately 30 people attended the public hearing. All who testified at the hearing supported designation of the Ammonoosuc River. Letters of endorsement were received from ten municipal boards and commissions; including all seven boards of selectmen. The proposed river segment classification designations also are appropriate based on the materials presented and the site review.
For more information about the New Hampshire River Management and Protection Program, you may contact, Steve Couture, Rivers Coordinator at (603) 271-8801.