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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Public Waters/Great Pond Program
"Public waters" in New Hampshire are prescribed by common law as great ponds (natural water bodies of 10 acres or more in size), tidal waters, and public rivers. These common law public waters are held by the State in trust for the people of New Hampshire. Certain New Hampshire statutes define public waters in different ways, solely for the purpose of identifying applicability of specific statutes. Some of the statutory definitions of public waters include artificial impoundments of 10 acres or more in size.more …

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  • NHDES Dam Bureau
    29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
    Concord, NH 03302-0095
    (603) 271-3406



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NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503 | TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 | Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm

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