III. Local Support
Local support for river management and protection in the Pemigewasset River Valley has been demonstrated through zoning decisions, Master Plan recommendations and support for a National Park Service Study of the river. Support for the designation of the Pemigewasset River into the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program has been demonstrated through written letters, of support from the Selectmen of Franklin, Sanbornton, Bristol, New Hampton, Ashland, Holderness, Plymouth and Thornton. The Rivers Program Office has received several hundred letters, calls and petitions of endorsement for the designation of the Pemigewasset River into the Program, including the White Mountain National Forest, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Merrimack River Watershed Council, Rivers Campaign, Appalachian Mountain Club, Lakes Region Planning Commission, and Plymouth State College. Two public hearings were held, January 23, 1991 and February 28, 1991, to receive public comments on the nomination of the Pemigewasset River. Both public hearings were attended by more than 150 people. At each hearing there were an equal amount of people in opposition to the nomination as were in support of it. Several hundred letters in opposition to the nomination were delivered to the Rivers Program Office. A majority of the opposition to the nomination came from the towns of Thornton and Campton.