On Tuesday, January 25th, the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives heard testimony on HB 149: designating segments of the Lamprey, North Branch, Pawtuckaway, North, Little, and Piscassic Rivers as protected rivers. The hearing marked a critical step in the process of nominating the Lamprey River and its tributaries to the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program. Testimony was unanimously in support of the bill, which was sent to subcommittee at the end of the hearing.
Passage of HB 149 would lead to the creation of a Local Management Advisory Committee made up of locally nominated and state appointed representatives from each of the towns located in the Lamprey River watershed. With technical support from state agencies, communities will have the opportunity to work together to develop the kind of watershed wide approach to river management that is needed to address critical issues like nitrogen pollution and flooding.
The Lamprey River is the largest tributary to the Great Bay Estuary.