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Local River Management Advisory Committees

A distinctive characteristic of the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program is the partnership created between state government and local citizens through the formation of a Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC) for each Designated River. Each committee plays a vital role in protecting not only the river, but its shorelands as well. A minimum of one resident from each riverfront community along the length of designation is appointed to the committee by the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services. Committee members represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds.

The responsibilities of the LAC are:

(a) To advise the commissioner, the advisory committee (Rivers Management Advisory Committee), the municipalities through which the Designated River or segment flows, the municipalities within tributary drainage areas on matters pertaining to the management of the river or segment and tributary drainage areas.

“Municipal officials, boards, and agencies shall inform such committees of actions that they are considering in managing and regulating activities within Designated River corridors.”

(b) To consider and comment on any federal, state, or local governmental plans to approve license, fund or construct facilities that would alter the resource values and characteristics for which the river or segment is designated.

(c) To develop or assist in the development and adoption of local river corridor management plans. The local planning board may adopt such plans as an adjunct to their local master plan.

(d) To report biennially to the Rivers Management Advisory Committee and the commissioner, and annually to municipalities on the status of compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, local ordinances, and plans relevant to the Designated River or segment, its corridor, and tributary drainage areas. DES offers the committee technical assistance in developing and implementing the management plan.

Of the four LAC duties outlined above, permit application review (b) is very important to the DES permitting programs and in turn applicants working within the Designated River corridor.

 

 

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