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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Designated Rivers

I. Introduction

The Connecticut River begins in the town of Pittsburg, New Hampshire and flows south for 255 miles before it enters into the state of Massachusetts. The mainstem of the Connecticut River has been nominated by the Connecticut River Valley Resources Commission of NH and the Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission of VT for designation into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program. The Connecticut River has been evaluated by the Department of Environmental Services and the Rivers Management Advisory Committee and found to qualify for designation.

The Rivers Management and Protection Program Act was passed by the General Court in 1988. The Act states in part: "It is the policy of the state to ensure the continued viability of New Hampshire rivers for the benefit of present and future generations. The state shall encourage and assist in the development of river corridor management plans and regulate the quantity and quality of instream flow along certain protected rivers or segments of rivers to conserve and protect outstanding characteristics including recreational, fisheries, wildlife, environmental, cultural, historical, archaeological, scientific, ecological, and community significance so that these valued characteristics shall endure as part of the river uses to be enjoyed by New Hampshire people."

The Act directs the Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) to receive and evaluate nominations for the designation of rivers or river segments to protect outstanding values and characteristics under the Rivers Management and Protection Program. The Commissioner must forward approved nominations to the General Court for review and approval.

In fulfillment of this statutory directive, the nomination of the Connecticut River is hereby forwarded to the General Court. The Department of Environmental Services recommends that the Connecticut River be designated into the Rivers Management and Protection Program and be classified as enclosed under the provisions of the protection measures outlined in RSA 483. The outstanding values and characteristics which qualify the Connecticut River for designation are described in this report.

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