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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

NHDES Consolidated List of Water Bodies
Subject to the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act
(RSA 483-B)

NHDES' Consolidated List of Water Bodies Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol was prepared to provide a list of reference line elevations for lakes and ponds as defined by RSA 483-B:4, XVII(a).  The Consolidated List of Water Bodies should not be relied upon to identify all water bodies jurisdictional under RSA 483-B, the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. Waterbodies protected and under the jurisdiction of RSA 483-B include:

  • Fourth order and greater streams and rivers.
  • Rivers or river segments designated under RSA 483, the Rivers Management and Protection Program.
  • Lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres in size.
  • Tidal waters subject to the ebb and flow of the tide.

Jurisdictional water bodies are listed by town alphabetically. River and stream information is listed within the left columns and lake and pond surface elevations, which are recognized by NHDES as reference lines, are within the right columns. Tidal waters Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol may be added to th Consolidated List as additional information becomes available.

The Consolidated List was compiled from the following sources:

  • New Hampshire Hydrography Dataset: Fourth Order and Higher Streams List archived by GRANIT at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Designated Rivers List compiled by the NHDES Rivers Management and Protection Program.
  • NHDES Official List of Public Waters and records archived by the NHDES Dam Bureau.



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