IV. Summary and Recommendations
The Connecticut River possesses a variety of significant federal, state and local resources which qualify the river for designation into the Rivers Management and Protection Program. To better protect and manage these resources, the Department of Environmental Services recommends the following:
Recommendation 1: The General Court should adopt legislation which designates the mainstem of the Connecticut River into the Rivers Management and Protection Program and classifies the river as outlined on the following page.
Under the provisions of the protection measures in RSA 483, a designation will provide increased protection for the river against damaging channel alterations, water quality impairment, the siting of solid and hazardous waste facilities and, in some instances, against new dam construction. A designation will also require the establishment of a protected instream flow to maintain a minimum amount of water in the river in order to safeguard public trust resources, including fisheries, water quality, recreation, hydroelectric energy production and scenic values. A Local Rivers Management Advisory Committee will be established to coordinate local issues related to the protection and management of the river and will provide local residents with a direct avenue for formal input to state decisions that affect the river. Finally, a designation will result in the development of a long-range management plan for the river that coordinates state planning and management of fisheries, water quality and quantity, and recreation.
Recommendation 2: The communities along the river should continue to work toward the protection of the Connecticut River through the adoption of local river corridor management plans, including comprehensive shoreland protection ordinances.
While a state designation will improve the protection and management of the river itself, continuing local efforts will be needed to address the use and conservation of the river corridor. With the help of the efforts of the Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission in New Hampshire and the Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission in Vermont local committees will be able to address these issues in a coordinated and cooperative manner. Citizen concern should be reflected in the decisions and actions of local government officials. Upon request, the Department of Environmental Services will provide technical assistance to the towns along the Connecticut River on the development of local river corridor management plans and comprehensive shoreland protection ordinances.
In summary, the establishment of a clear policy and specific instream protection measures by the General Court and a continuing commitment on the part of local governments and residents to manage and protect the river corridor through sound land use decisions will ensure that the outstanding resources of the Connecticut River will "endure as part of the river uses to be enjoyed by New Hampshire people."
|RURAL: Outlet of the Fourth Connecticut Lake to a point .0.3 mi. above Second Connecticut Lake Dam. 0.6 mi. Map 6.
COMMUNITY: From the point above Second Connecticut Lake Dam to a point 0.3 mi. Below Second Connecticut Lake Dam. 0.6 mi. Map 6.
RURAL: From the point below Second Connecticut Lake Dam to a point .3 mi. Above First Connecticut Lake Dam. 6.8 mi. Map 8.
COMMUNITY: From a point above First Connecticut Lake Dam to a point 0.3 mi. below First Connecticut Lake Dam. .6 mi. Map 8.
RURAL: From the point below First Connecticut Lake Dam to a point 0.3 mi. above Murphy Dam 7.8 mi. Map 10.
COMMUNITY: From the point above Murphy Dam to a point 2.0 mi. below Murphy Dam 2.3 mi. Map 10.
RURAL: From the point below Murphy Dam to Bishop Brook in Stewartson, NH. 5.7 mi. Map 12.
COMMUNITY: From Bishop Brook to Leach Creek in Canaan, VT. 3.8 mi. Map 13.
RURAL: From Leach Creek to Wheeler Stream in Brunswick, VT. 24.2 mi. Map 19.
NATURAL: From Wheeler Stream to the Maidstone Stratford bridge. 7.8 mi. Map 20.
RURAL: From the Maidstone-Stratford bridge to a point one mile above the breached Wyoming Valley Dam in Northcumberland, NH. 10.9 mi. Map 22.
COMMUNITY: From one mile above the breached Wyoming Valley dam to one mile below the Wyoming Valley dam in Northcumberland. 2.0 mi. Map 22.
RURAL: From one mile below the breached Wyoming Valley Dam site to a point 0.3 mi. above the Simpson Paper Co. Dam between Gilman, VT and Dalton, NH. 18.6 mi. Map 28.
COMMUNITY: From the point Simpson Paper Co. Dam to 0.3 mi. below the Simpson Paper Co. Dam 0.6 mi. Map 28.
RURAL: From the point below the Simpson Paper Co. Dam to a point 0.4 mi. above Moore Dam 10.2 mi. Map 31.
COMMUNITY: From the point above Moore Dam to a point 0.6 mi. Below Moore Dam. 1.0 mi. Map 31.
RURAL: From the point below Moore Dam to a point 0.3 mi. above Comerford Dam 9.5 mi. Map 34.
COMMUNITY: From the pont above Comerford Dam to a point 0.2 mi. Below McIndoes Falls dam. 2.3 mi. Map 34.
|RURAL: From the point bellow McIndoes Falls Dam to a point 0.3 mi. above the Ryegate Dam 3.4 mi. Map 35
COMMUNITY: From the point above Ryegate Dam to a point 0.2 mi. below Ryegate Dam. 0.5 mi. Map 35.
RURAL: From the point below the Ryegate Dam to the Ammonoosuc River in Bath, NH. 3.8 mi. Map 37.
COMMUNITY: From the Ammonoosuc River to the point where Routes 135 and 10 meet in Haverill, NH. 1.9 mi. Map 37.
RURAL: From the intersection of Routes 135 and 10 to Storrs Pond Brook in Hanover, NH. 40.0 mi. Map 46.
RURAL COMMUNITY: From Storrs Pond Brook to Dothar Brook outlet in Hartford, VT. 4.3 mi. Map 48.
COMMUNITY: From Dothan Brook to 0.3 mi. Below the Wilder Dam. 1.3 mi. Map 48.
RURAL COMMUNITY: From the point below Wilder Dam to the Lebanon/Plainfield town line. 4.7 mi. Map 50.
RURAL : From the Lebanon/Plainfield town line to Blow-Me-Down Brook in Cornish, NH. 9.1 mi. Map 52.
RURAL COMMUNITY: From the Blow-Me-Down Brook to the northern end of Chase Island in Cornish, NH. 1.9 mi. Map 53.
RURAL: From the N. End of Chase Island to the southern side of the Williams River in Bellows Falls, VT. 22.7 mi. Map 59.
COMMUNITY: From the Southern side of the Williams River to the Saxtons River in Westminster, VT. 3.4 mi. Map 60.
RURAL COMMUNITY: From the Saxtons River to the bridge between Westminster Station and Walpole, NH. 3.1 mi. Map 61.
RURAL: From the bridge at Westminster Station to the Brattleboro/Dummerston, VT town line. 16.7 mi. Map 66.
RURAL COMMUNITY: From the Brattleboro/ Dummerston town line to Sprague Brook in Hinsdale, NH. 8.7 mi. Map 68.
COMMUNITY: From Sprague Brook to a point 0.3 mi. below the Vernon Dam. 1.4 mi. Map 68.
RURAL: From the point below the Vernon Dam to the Massachusetts border. 5.3 mi. Map 69.