III. Local Support
Local support for the designation of the Upper Merrimack River into the Rivers Management and Protection Program is very strong. On January 3, 1990, over 30 people attended a public hearing on the nomination of the river at the Legislative Office Building in Concord; a majority of those in attendance strongly supported the designation of the river segment. The department has received letters of support for the nomination from the Bow Board of Selectmen and Planning Board; the Concord Planning Board and Conservation Commission; the Canterbury Planning Board; the Boscawen Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Conservation Commission; and the Northfield Planning Board. On January 15, 1990, the Franklin City Council agreed to support the designation of the Upper Merrimack River as a "rural river."
In 1989, the state's congressional delegation submitted legislation to authorize a study of the Upper Merrimack River by the National Park Service under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This legislation has been endorsed by all of the river communities and is further evidence of the local support which exists for the protection and management of the Upper Merrimack River.