With the passage of RSA 483-A in 1990, the General Court established the New Hampshire Lakes Management and Protection Program (LMPP) to be administered within the Department of Environmental Services. According to the law, "it is the intent of the legislature that the New Hampshire Lakes Management and Protection Program shall complement and reinforce existing state and federal water quality laws. It is also the intent of the legislature that, through said program, the scenic beauty and recreational potential of lakes shall be maintained or enhanced, that wildlife habitat shall be protected, that opportunity for public enjoyment of lakes uses be ensured, and that littoral interests shall be respected."
In order to implement the program, the Legislature created a Lakes Coordinator position in the Department of Environmental Services and established a Lakes Management Advisory Committee (LMAC). The Lakes Coordinator is responsible for the administration of the Program. The LMAC serves in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner of DES and the Lakes Coordinator in carrying out the purposes of the statute.
- To prepare state level management criteria for lakes that would form the basis for state agency decisions regarding lakes management and protection.
- To develop detailed guidelines for coordinated lake management and shoreland protection plans and develop recommendations for implementing the plans.
- To review the status and appropriateness of existing state statutes and proposed legislation addressing lakes and water quality management.
- To provide and exchange technical assistance among state and federal agencies and public and private sectors regarding lakes management and related issues.