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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

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DATE: May 19, 2009
CONTACT: Laura Weit, 603 271-8811

Cold River Watershed Management Plan Published

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services announced today the completion of the Cold River Watershed Management Plan. The Plan was developed by volunteers – by residents and friends of the Cold River Watershed – under the direction of the Cold River Local Advisory Committee (CRLAC) and with technical assistance from the DES.

The purpose of the Cold River Watershed Management Plan is to address individual and collective responsibilities pertaining to water quality and quantity. Specifically, the topics covered in the plan reflect land use decisions made by town planning agencies and landowners regarding: soils, forests and agriculture; stream banks; wildlife; wetlands; recreation and public access; historic structures; roads; local, state and federal regulations; and education.

“This is an important achievement, as the collaborative vision of this plan will help to guide future land use decisions,” noted DES Commissioner Tom Burack

The Cold River runs 22 miles from Crescent Lake in Unity and Acworth through the towns of Lempster, Alstead, Langdon, and Walpole where it empties into the Connecticut River under the Route 12 bridge in Walpole. The Cold River watershed is approximately 102 square miles and includes the towns of Marlow and Charlestown. The watershed is primarily rural with a population of approximately 4,000 residents.

The CRLAC plans to hold an event this summer to celebrate the completion of the plan. For more information about the CRLAC, please contact Debby Hinman, Chair at (603) 835-2309 or To access a copy of the plan, please visit divisions/water/wmb/rivers/documents/management_plan_cold.pdf.

The Cold River is one of 15 designated rivers under RSA 483, the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). The RMPP was established by the New Hampshire Legislature in 1988 to protect certain rivers with outstanding characteristics for present and future generations. For more information about the RMPP please contact Laura Weit, Acting Rivers Coordinator at (603) 271-8811 or

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