NHDES Celebrates 25 Years of River Management and Protection with Commemoration Ceremony
The media is invited to attend a special event to recognize the 25th Anniversary of the Rivers Management and Protection Program. The Governor will be in attendance for part of the event including a demonstration of water quality monitoring and a float trip on the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers.
What: Luncheon, awards and demonstrations to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the River Management and Protection Program of the NH Department of Environmental Services. Commissioner Burack will present awards.
When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Who: Governor Maggie Hassan
Thomas Burack, Commissioner, Dept. of Environmental Services
Jacquie Colburn, NHDES Rivers Program Coordinator
Kenneth D. Kimball, Ph.D., Chair, NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee
Jesse Laflamme, Owner, Pete and Gerry's Eggs
Michelle Hamm, Environmental Programs Manager, Monadnock Paper Mills and Chair, Contoocook and North Branch Rivers Local Advisory Committee
Michele L. Tremblay, President, New Hampshire Rivers Council and Vice Chair of the NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee
Where: Plymouth Rotary Amphitheater on the Pemigewasset River, Green Street, Plymouth
Background: The New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program was established in 1988 to "ensure the continued viability of New Hampshire rivers as valued ecologic, economic, public health and safety, and social assets for the benefit of present and future generations" (RSA 483:1). Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, legislators, organizations and businesses, the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with approximately 1,000 river miles designated into the Program.
A unique aspect of the Rivers Program is that local residents or groups nominate their river for designation. As a result of this grassroots support, 18 rivers or river segments flowing through 126 towns, places and state parks are now part of the Program. Upon designation, a partnership is created among the State, local citizens and their towns through the formation of a local advisory committee (LAC). In true New Hampshire tradition, hundreds of citizens have volunteered their time and expertise to help their communities manage rivers and provide the State with local input regarding development proposals and other decisions that may impact rivers. At the celebration in Plymouth on August 14, 2013 a few of the outstanding volunteers who have made the Rivers Program successful will be recognized.
More information about the New Hampshire Rivers Program can be found on the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services website at des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/rivers/.