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New Hampshire Rivers Council proudly hosts its seventh annual 2017 Wild and Scenic® Film Festival
Tickets on sale now—click here to purchase yours before they are sold out.

New Hampshire Rivers Council Program Administrator opportunity
This position is responsible for administering the organizational, programmatic, and functions of the New Hampshire Rivers Council, which includes administering day-to-day operations. We are looking for an upbeat, outgoing, organized, and focused self-starter with enthusiasm for river conservation and restoration. Ability to work independently as well as with teams is essential. Please click here to learn more about the position and how to apply.

New Hampshire Rivers Council presents "Why Do Rivers Do That?" on April 28, 2016 at Main Street BookEnds, Warner, NH
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New Hampshire Rivers Council 2015 Annual Meeting and "Why Do Rivers Do That?" program: July 30, 2015—register now
Please click here to learn more (click here to download the 2014 annual report). Space is limited so please register today.

The New Hampshire Rivers Council River Runners™ is back for the 2015 season
Please click here to see the workshop schedule (or schedule one of your own) and register.

The Council is happy to host Local River Management Advisory Committee meeting announcements
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The New Hampshire Rivers Council River Runners Winnicut River Watershed Coalition bird walk is June 13, 2015
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New Hampshire Rivers Council brings Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Concord
For the fourth year, the Council is bringing an inspiring collection of award winning films to Concord on Friday, March 28, 2014. The last four years were completely sold out so learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here.

New Hampshire Rivers Council welcomes three new directors
The Council is welcomes three new directors to its board. John Lanier, The Honorable Judith Spang, and Mark Traeger bring a wealth of experience and influence in the natural resource realm. Learn more about John, Judith, and Mark by clicking here.

New Hampshire Rivers Council 2012 Annual Report
The New Hampshire Rivers Council 2012 annual report is now online. Please click here to download the report.

New Hampshire Rivers Council elects new officers
The Council welcomed new officers, Matt Monhan as Vice-president and Danna Truslow as Treasurer. The Council honoured retiring directors David Borden and Steve Robinson. Click here to view the media release as a PDF.

Celebrating 25 years of environmental protection - 1/1/2012 (Seacoastonline.com)
A note about protecting New Hampshire's environment since the creation of the NH Department of Environmental Services in 1987.
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NH gets grant for oyster restoration - 1/1/2012 (The Wire (NH))
Efforts to restore the native oyster population in Great Bay recently got a welcome financial boost. The state chapter of The Nature Conservancy has received a $24,000 grant from the New Hampshire Conservation License Plate Program to help rebuild an oyster reef at the mouth of the Squamscott River in Newmarket.
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Report urges development of ‘recreation corridors’ - 12/27/2011 (Bangor Daily News)
A recent report commissioned for the National Park Service is urging support for seven interstate “recreation corridors“ in New England — including on the Merrimack River and another on the Connecticut River.
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2012 New Hampshire Fishing and Hunting Licenses Now Available - 12/23/2011 (Union Leader)
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has announced that 250 of the licenses will be available.
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VT DOH discovers tritium in Connecticut River - 12/22/2011 (Brattleboro Reformer)
According to the Vermont Department of Health, a water sample taken from the Connecticut River just offshore from Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon tested positive for tritium.
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US destroying 434K lake trout for 'rock snot' fear - 12/22/2011 (Wall Street Journal)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is disposing of 434,000 lake trout from a Bethel fish hatchery because of fears that stocking them in the Great Lakes could spread the invasive algae known as "rock snot."
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Several agencies work together to protect the Connecticut - 12/19/2011 (Keene Sentinel)
The Connecticut River Watershed Council works in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut to protect the river.
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Public Hearing Jan. 3, 2012, on Marine Rules, Lamprey & Oyster rivers - 12/6/2011 (NewHampshire.com)
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rule changes on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H. 03801. The proposed rules would affect persons taking marine species and anglers fishing in the freshwater section of the Lamprey River near Wiswall Dam in Durham, N.H.
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UNH scientists to provide sea level rise data for next IPCC report - 11/29/2011 (EurekaAlert!)
Scientists at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) have been funded by NASA to improve estimates of how melting mountain glaciers around the globe will contribute to sea level rise in the future. The data, which are currently poorly understood, will be a critical new element in the next assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "Our role in this project is to plug new meltwater estimates into the global water balance/river transport model we developed here at UNH and move it all downstream to gauge potential sea level rise," says co-investigator and lead UNH scientist Richard Lammers of the Water Systems Analysis Group. "It's an accounting of the world's water under changing conditions."
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The Power to Persevere: How One City Is Rebuilding Itself Through Biomass - 11/16/2011 (Renewable Energy World.com)
It must be a theme for today: Cities built by river-powered industries in New Hampshire are looking now to sustainable industries for economic growth and development: Berlin, NH, its paper mills on the Androscoggin River shuttered, is introducing renewable biomass power production.
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Sustainable Design Of Water Treatment Facility Earns National Recognition - 11/16/2011 (Water Online)
Wright-Pierce, a New England provider of water, wastewater and civil engineering services, has set a new standard for sustainable, energy-efficient municipal infrastructure design in the newly constructed water treatment facility for the City of Rochester, New Hampshire.
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Vt. didymo fears send salmon to native tribes - 11/15/2011 (WCAX)
Didymo-- also called rock snot-- is an invasive algae that chokes out native plants in rivers, leaving nothing for fish to feed on. It's already been found in the nearby White River and scientists say it can spread to other waterways very easily. Because of that, the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission voted not to stock the lower Great Lakes or others waterways with the salmon from the Bethel hatchery-- 7,000-8,000 will be killed and donated to Native American tribes in the Northeast for food.
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'Rock snot' fear means salmon for native tribes - 11/11/2011 (CBS News)
Fear that an invasive algae species known as "rock snot" might have contaminated a Vermont fish hatchery has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to donate thousands of Atlantic salmon to native American tribes in the Northeast to prevent a possible spread of the specimen.
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New Hampshire Fishing Maps for 4K - 11/11/2011 (Android-Apps.com)
We noticed this useful Android app listing lakes, rivers and streams in our state. Not an endorsement! But it looks good.
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Heckuva Job, For Real - 11/11/2011 (WCVB TV Boston)
A nice interest story on the great covered bridges in New Hampshire, including the famous Blair Covered Bridge crossing the Pemigewasset River.
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"Rock snot" fear means salmon for native tribes - 11/11/2011 (CBS News)
Fear that an invasive algae species known as "rock snot" might have contaminated a Vermont fish hatchery has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to donate thousands of Atlantic salmon to native American tribes in the Northeast to prevent a possible spread of the specimen.
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Berry Brook restoration project needs volunteers - 10/28/2011 (Foster's Daily Democrat)
Water quality and stream restoration improvements are underway in the Berry Brook Watershed. Berry Brook, a tributary to the Cocheco River, is impaired for aquatic life use (i.e. habitat) and primary contact recreation.
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2011 Clean Water Projects get off the Ground - 9/7/2011 (New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services)
$536,000 awarded to eight projects; Brentwood, Cocheco River Watershed, Dover, Green Mountain Conservation Group, Hodgson Brook, Lakes Region Planning Commission, The New Hampshire Rivers Council and Wolfeboro
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PSNH: EPA is rushing change in water-usage rules for power plant - 10/13/2011 (Nashua Telegraph)
PSNH has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow more time for comments on a proposed tightening of water-usage rules at the company's Merrimack Station power plant in Bow.
The extension request was supplemented by similar requests by environmental consulting firms ENERCON and Normandeau Associates, who both indicated that the initial 60-day comment period does not allow adequate time for a full and proper review of the draft permit.
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Trip on Merrimack gives youngsters lessons on water, environment - 10/13/2011 (Boston.com)
A group of schoolchildren take an educational boat ride on the Merrimack River.
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Rochester, NH, river to be stocked with trout - 10/8/2011 (Boston.com)
The Three Rivers Stocking Association is working with Waste Management of New Hampshire to add 500 fish to the Isinglass River in Rochester.
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Unexpectedly strong salmon returns offer hope of recovery - 9/30/2011 (Bangor Daily News)
Atlantic salmon are returning to rivers in Maine and elsewhere along the North Atlantic this season in numbers not seen in years, suggesting to biologists and conservation groups that ocean conditions for the famed sportfish are improving after decades of decline.
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EPA: Plant puts river life at risk - 9/30/2011 (Concord Monitor)
Public Service of New Hampshire's Bow power plant may have to install an expansive, multimillion-dollar cooling system if a draft permit released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency is approved.
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Feds want PSNH to cool down Bow plant - 9/30/2011 (Union Leader)
The Merrimack River needs to cool down, according to the EPA, which on Thursday released a draft permit that would require Public Service of New Hampshire to spend an estimated $112 million to reduce the temperature of cooling water discharged from its coal-burning power

The Environmental Protection Agency wants PSNH to build a closed-cycle cooling system, which would take much less water from the Merrimack River and lower the temperature of its discharges by 99 percent, the agency said.
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EPA wants major changes to PSNH plant in Bow - 9/29/2011 (Boston Globe)
New Hampshire and federal environmental protection agencies want a coal burning power plant in Bow to overhaul its cooling system to restore the health of the Merrimack River.
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Most of Hooksett sewage disks recovered - 9/19/2011 (Boston Globe)
About four million of the estimated 4.3 million bacteria-collecting sewage disks discharged from a New Hampshire sewage treatment plant in March have been recovered.

Enpro, the company hired to collect the thin plastic, 2-inch in diameter disks, said in a statement that they have been recovered in coastal areas from Maine, to Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The disks are not considered hazardous.
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Watershed council issues “SOS” for Connecticut River clean up post-Irene - 9/18/2011 (VTDiggers.org)
The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) wants to help you and your friends remove trash from the shorelines during its 15th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Saturday October 1st.
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How could fish survive that? - 9/8/2011 (Bennington Banner)
"Watching the raw power of the river water in the aftermath of Irene, it was impossible not to think of the animals that live there. How, on earth, could a trout survive? If each foot of rising water produces 500 pounds of lateral force, then wouldn't every single living thing be swept away in such a torrent?"

Dave Mance III discusses Tropical Storm Irene and the effect the flooding will have on trout and other wildlife living in Vermont and New Hampshire's rivers.
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Residents advised to keep out of rivers - 9/1/2011 (Brattleboro Reformer)
Water quality specialists are requesting swimmers, boaters and kayakers remain out of county rivers and streams for safety reasons for at least a week following Tropical Storm Irene.

David Deen, river steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council for Vermont and New Hampshire, told the Reformer on Wednesday that it is hazardous to pursue any recreational activities on the heels of Irene because of the enormous amount of materials that have entered local waterways.
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Addendum to the McQuesten Brook Watershed Restoration Plan Request for Qualifications - 7/29/2011 (NH Rivers Council)
NHRC responses to consultant questions received as of the close of business on July 27, 2011
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Hot weather, storms raise bacteria levels in river - 7/27/2011 (Nashua Telegraph)
E. coli readings from the fourth water sampling session of the summer by Souhegan Watershed Association volunteers saw normal to high e-coli readings in the Souhegan River because of the hot weather and thunderstorms two days prior to the sampling. The Merrimack River, as is virtually always the case, had safe levels of the bacteria.
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Souhegan River plan to surface - 7/25/2011 (Nashua Telegraph)
A draft of a water management plan for the Souhegan River is ready. This is the last step in a process that began a decade ago.
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McQuesten Brook Watershed Restoration Plan Request for Qualifications - 7/20/2011 (NH Rivers Council)
Geomorphic Assessment, Engineering, and Development of the McQuesten Brook Watershed Restoration Plan.
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Souhegan in Milford tests high in bacteria - 7/16/2011 (Nashua Telegraph)
The Souhegan River tested high for bacteria after heavy rains on July 4th.
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