The Ashuelot River is located in southwestern New Hampshire. The river begins in Washington, New Hampshire and flows south and west to the town of Hinsdale where it enters the Connecticut River. The Ashuelot River flows for a total of 64 river miles prior to entering the Connecticut River. The Ashuelot River has been nominated by the Ashuelot River Nominating Committee for designation into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program. The Ashuelot River has been evaluated by the Department of Environmental Services and found to qualify for designation.
The Rivers Management and Protection Program Act was passed by the General Court in 1988. The Act states in part: "it is the policy of the state to ensure that continued viability of New Hampshire rivers for the benefit of present and future generations. The state shall encourage and assist in the development of river corridor management plans and regulate the quantity and quality of in-stream flow along certain protected rivers or segments of rivers to conserve and protect outstanding characteristics including recreational, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, cultural, historical, archaeological, scientific, ecological, aesthetic, and community significance so that these valued characteristics shall endure as part of the river uses to be enjoyed by New Hampshire people."
The Act directs the Department of Environmental Services to receive and evaluate nominations for the designation of rivers or river segments to protect outstanding values and characteristics under the River Management and Protection Program. The Commissioner must forward approved nominations to the General Court for review and approval.
In fulfillment of this statutory directive, the nomination of the Ashuelot River is hereby forwarded to the General Court. The Department of Environmental Services recommends that the Ashuelot River be designated into the Rivers Management and Protection Program and be classified as outlined in Recommendation 1 on page 6 under the provisions of the protection measure and amendments to RSA Chapter 483. The outstanding statewide and local resource values and characteristics which qualify the Ashuelot River for designation are described in this report.