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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services


Rivers Management and Protection Program logoThe New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP) was established in 1988 with the passage of RSA 483 to protect certain rivers, called Designated Rivers, for their outstanding natural and cultural resources. The program is administered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

For a river to be designated for protection, an interested individual or organization must first develop a River Nomination outlining the river's values and characteristics. Support by local municipal officials and residents of the riverfront communities for the designation must also be sought and reported. Once completed, the nomination is submitted to the NHDES Commissioner.

If approved, it is forwarded to the General Court for consideration. If the Legislature approves the nomination, looking closely at the level of local support and presence of important river values, and if the Governor signs the bill, RSA 483 is amended to designate the river for protection under the program.

After designation, a volunteer Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC) is formed. The LAC will then develop and implement a River Management Plan so that the outstanding qualities of the river may be protected for future generations. The LAC also coordinates activities affecting the river on a regional basis. A typical plan identifies management goals and recommends actions that may be taken to protect the resources identified in the nomination. At the state level, the NHDES assists with the development and implementation of the management plan and enforces regulations concerning the quality and quantity of flow in protected river segments.

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