III. Local Support
There is strong local support for the designation of the Cold River into the Rivers Management and Protection Program. Beginning in 1996, the Friends of the Cold River - with the help of the New Hampshire Rivers Council and the Upper Valley/Lake Sunapee and Southwest Regional Planning Commissions - held a series of workshops to gather information about the Rivers Management and Protection Program and to consider the merits of developing a nomination of the Cold River. These workshops culminated early in 1998 when the Friends of the Cold River hosted a public informational meeting to explain to the public at large their proposed nomination and the effects of the designation of the Cold River into the Rivers Management and Protection Program.
The Friends of the Cold River also met with local boards and commissions in the towns along the Cold River to discuss the nomination with local officials and to determine the level of local support. As a result of these meetings, the Department of Environmental Services received twelve letters of support from local officials. Five of these letters came from boards of selectmen, two were from planning boards, and five came from conservation commissions. The Department received seventeen additional letters of support from interested individuals and organizations. There were no letters of opposition. At the public hearing on the nomination, which was held in Acworth on September 8, 1998, the testimony was overwhelmingly supportive. Of the thirteen people who testified, ten spoke in favor of the nomination; the others took no position.