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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: July 21, 2009
CONTACT: Laura Weit, (603) 271-8811

Ammonoosuc River, Upper Reach Designated for Protection

Concord, NH – With the signing of House Bill 452 by Gov. John Lynch, the Ammonoosuc River, Upper Reach segment will complete the designation of the Ammonoosuc River in the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). The Ammonoosuc River, Upper Reach starts at the end of the existing designated reach at Lower Falls in Carroll and extends upstream to the headwaters at the Lakes of the Clouds on the slopes of Mount Washington. The designation will go into effect on September 13, 2009.

“One of the first acts of the Ammonoosuc River Local Advisory Committee, established in January of 2008, was to begin the process of nominating the Upper Reach,” said Tom Burack, DES commissioner. “The level of commitment to protecting the entire Ammonoosuc River by the surrounding communities documents its importance as a significant state, regional and local level resource. DES looks forward to implementing a local and state partnership for the management of those outstanding resources.”

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.

“Designation of the Upper Reach ensures the entire Ammonoosuc River is now truly protected for future generations to come,” said Leslie Bergum, town of Carroll resident and member of the Ammonoosuc River Local Advisory Committee. “The Ammonoosuc River Local Advisory Committee is proud to see this designation come to fruition.”

For more information about the New Hampshire River Management and Protection Program, please contact, Laura Weit, acting Rivers coordinator, at (603) 271-8811. More information on the Ammonoosuc River, Upper Reach nomination can be found at http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/rivers/nominations.htm .

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