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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

River Nominations

Any river or river segment in New Hampshire may be nominated for designation into the Rivers Management and Protection Program by any citizen or organization in the state. Sponsors must submit a nomination describing the river's values and characteristics to the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). Each river nomination is evaluated by NHDES to ensure that the river's designation would be consistent with the purpose of RSA 483, the Rivers Management and Protection Act.

NHDES holds at least one public hearing in a community along the nominated river to find out how local citizens feel about the proposed designation. Strong local support is an important factor in determining whether a river is recommended for designation. If the NHDES commissioner recommends a river for designation, the final step in the nomination process is the state legislature's consideration of a bill which, when passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, formally designates the river into the program. Each designated river is protected and managed to maintain and enhance instream river values such as water quality and instream flows.

Nomination of the Warner River

The Warner River Nomination Committee and the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission submitted a nomination application to NHDES on June 1, 2017, nominating the Warner River to the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program. The New Hampshire Rivers Management Advisory Committee and NHDES jointly held a public hearing at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, NH, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to accept public comments on the nomination. Written comments were accepted through July 31, 2017. Questions may be sent to the Rivers Coordinator at or 271-2959.

Testimony on SB 445, designating the Warner River as a protected river

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