Get Involved: Resources

New Hampshire Rivers Council Annual Meeting 2015

Click here to download the 2014 annual report: Progress and Partnerships: 2014 Annual Report
Why Do Rivers Do That? presentation by Dr. John Field

Pervious Pavement Demonstration Site

Funding from the McIninch Foundation, Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate), NHDES, NH Administrative Services, NH DOT, and seven pavement businesses resulted in:
  1. two sections of pervious concrete walkway;
  2. two sections of pervious paver walkway;
  3. six parking spaces, two each of pervious concrete, pavers and asphalt.
The site is intended as a public demonstration and test site for these technologies. They are located at the front entrance and visitor parking lots at 4 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. The accompanying exhibits are available here:

Stormwater ( PDF, 999 KB)
Pervious Pavement ( PDF, 999 KB)
Location Map and Sponsors ( PDF, 999 KB)

Spring/Summer 2009 e-Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the Rivers Council newsletter, River Reach. You'll notice a few changes — electronic format to save paper, time and funds; links in the text to related materials; more photos; and an updated format. Click here to download the full newsletter ( PDF, 832 KB).

Rivers Council Develops 2009-2010 Strategic Plan

The New Hampshire Rivers Council has been in existence since 1992. Since that time the organization has grown and become more effective in protecting rivers and their watersheds through advocating policies that protect water quality and quantity. In mid-2007 the Council hired a full time Executive Director to help the organization move to the next level of service. The Board of Directors and the ED agreed that strategic development was essential to the growth of the Council. A process timeline was created, data gathered, a facilitator hired and a plan developed. Click here for the full document ( PDF, 2.8 MB).

Responsible Medication Disposal for Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems

Click here for further information about SMARxT ( PDF, 199 KB).

HELP CONTROL THE SPREAD OF Didymosphenia Geminata

This invasive alga, known as "didymo", or "rock snot" for its appearance. was accidentally introduced into New Hampshire in the upper reaches of the Connecticut River. It can be spread by anyone entering infected waters, and can grow to cover entire stream beds. Education is currently the only known way to prevent its spread.

Help Wipe Out Rock Snot brochure ( PDF, 1.2 MB)
Invasive Aquatic Plants along the Connecticut River in VT & NH ( PDF, 2.5 MB)
Combined Chart for 2006 & 2007 CT River Aquatic Invasive Plants Projects ( PDF, 45 KB)

COMPREHENSIVE SHORELAND PROTECTION ACT REVISIONS TAKE EFFECT JULY 1, 2008

The Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act (CSPA) was enacted in 1992 to protect the water quality of larger water bodies by setting minimum requirements for the development and use of all land within 250 feet of the Reference Line (the high water mark). Within this area, called the Protected Shoreland, there are setbacks and restricted use areas that you need to know about. Effective July 1, 2008, a state shoreland permit is required for many construction, excavation or filling activities within the protected shoreland. For basic information click here to download the CSPA brochure (, 492 KB). For more detailed information go to http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/cspa/index.htm ( NHDES site).

PRESENTATIONS

Keeping Out of Jail ( PPT, 2.9 MB) - A presentation to the 2007 Watersheds Conference in Concord, NH November 17 at the NH Technical Institute. This presentation provides an introduction to legal issues of running a non-profit organization. A PDF version (, 2.5 MB) is also available.

ECONOMICS OF SURFACE WATERS

NHRC in conjunction with the Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds Partnership * ( NHRC site) have produced the following studies. They are available as PDF documents, or contact us for a hard copy.

The Economic Impact Of Potential Decline in New Hampshire Water Quality: The Link between Visitor Perceptions, Usage and Spending, 2007; Nordstrom. Click here to download the PDF (, 1.1 MB).

What's Our Water Worth? A perceived decline in water quality could mean lost recreational sales, income and jobs. This is a condensed version of the report above. Click here to download the PDF (, 1.1 MB).

Public Opinion Poll Results in the Study of Select Economic Values of New Hampshire Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds, 2004. Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell. Click here to download the PDF (, 135 KB).

Estimates of Select Economic Values of New Hampshire Lakes, Rivers, Streams & Ponds, 2003; Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell. Click here to download the PDF (, 213 KB).

A Study of the Economic Values of the Surface Waters in New Hampshire, 2001; Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell. Click here to download the PDF (, 275 KB).

* The Lakes, Rivers, Pods and Streams Partnership consists of: