Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has accepted a $1,000 Community Grant from the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation in support of the Rivers Management and Protection Program "Protected River Sign Opportunity". The grant, which was issued at the request of the Hudson SAM'S CLUB, will help purchase protected rivers signs that can be posted on state or town roads at designated river crossings.
According to Steve Couture, NHDES Rivers Coordinator, "The $1,000 Community Grant from the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation will continue the state local partnership of the Rivers Management and Protection Program by supporting the Protected River Sign requests of designated river local advisory committees and the communities they represent. The Community Grant is aptly named as it will be used solely to support local communities' efforts to increase the awareness and recognition of their Designated Rivers."
New Hampshire currently has 14 designated rivers recognized by the United States Congress, the New Hampshire General Court, and their local municipalities as significant resources. As a result of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) and the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) created signs that may be installed within state and municipal right-of-ways. The signs will provide the opportunity to recognize and raise awareness of New Hampshire's Designated Rivers and signifies a designated river's importance to the state's natural and cultural heritage.
For more information about the Protected River Sign opportunity or the Rivers Management and Protection Program, please contact Steve Couture, NHDES Rivers Coordinator, at (603) 271-8801 or on the DES web site.