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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau Rulemaking and Process Improvement Effort
fresh water wetland The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has been engaged in a significant, multi-year initiative to improve the technical review standards as well as the operation and decision-making processes used by the NHDES Wetlands Bureau (referred to as the "Wetlands Program Rule Making and Process Improvement Effort"). Check this page often for new information, draft administrative rules, new and draft BMP manuals, scheduled public input sessions and events, and to provide comments and ideas!

Current Status

On September 28, 2018, NHDES filed the initial proposals of the rules with the Office of the Legislative Budget Assistant to begin the formal rulemaking process. For background information, please see the "Status of the Rules as of 11/1/18" link below. NHDES will hold 7 formal rulemaking hearings in Concord, Keene, Laconia, Lancaster and Portsmouth between December 3 and December 13, 2018. The hearing schedule is listed below. If you have any questions about the proposed wetlands rules or the process, please contact Mary Ann Tilton at (603) 271-2929 or

Rulemaking Notices and Final Proposed Rules

Recent Presentations

DRAFT Best Management Practices (BMP) Manuals

NHDES Wetlands Permit Screening Tool (Beta Version)



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