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DES Commissioner and Councilor Ray Burton Support Ammonoosuc River for Designated River Protection
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 2 2006
CONTACT: Steve Couture, (603) 271-8801

Littleton, NH – Today the Department of Environmental Services Commissioner, Michael Nolin and Executive Councilor Ray Burton endorsed a recommendation from the Rivers Management Advisory Committee (RMAC) that the Ammonoosuc River be designated into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). The endorsement was given at an event in Littleton, New Hampshire during a two-day DES North Country tour with the Executive Councilor. Commissioner Nolin and Councilor Burton were joined by Ammonoosuc River Corridor Committee representatives and others to promote the designation.

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.

"DES was very impressed with the level of public support demonstrated for the nomination," said Michael Nolin, DES Commissioner. "Through the public hearing process and submitted letters of endorsement, the corridor community and its citizens have adamantly backed this designation. DES looks forward to presenting this nomination to the legislature and will strongly support its designation into the Rivers Management and Protection Program" he said. Letters of endorsement for the nomination were received from ten municipal boards and commissions; including all seven boards of selectmen of the corridor communities.

"From the very beginning of the nomination process the Ammonoosuc River Corridor Advisory Committee and its communities have recognized that the locally led management structure provided by the Rivers Management and Protection Program will help them plan to protect and manage the outstanding characteristics and resources the Ammonoosuc River provides," said Steve Couture, Rivers Coordinator. "This is the first North Country river to seek nomination in over 14 years and I am looking forward to the Ammonoosuc River joining the Swift, Saco, Connecticut and Pemigewasset designated rivers."

For more information about the New Hampshire River Management and Protection Program, you may contact, Steve Couture, Rivers Coordinator at (603) 271-8801.




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