If approved, it is forwarded to the General Court for consideration. If the Legislature approves the nomination, looking closely at the level of local support and presence of important river values, and if the Governor signs the bill, RSA 483 is amended to designate the river for protection under the program.
After designation, a volunteer Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC) is formed. The LAC will then develop and implement a River Management Plan so that the outstanding qualities of the river may be protected for future generations. The LAC also coordinates activities affecting the river on a regional basis. A typical plan identifies management goals and recommends actions that may be taken to protect the resources identified in the nomination. At the state level, the DES assists with the development and implementation of the management plan and enforces regulations concerning the quality and quantity of flow in protected river segments.
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