Welcome to the New Hampshire Rivers Council

The only statewide conservation organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of New Hampshire river resources.



The New Hampshire Rivers Council is committed to the conservation and ecologically sound management of New Hampshire’s rivers, watersheds, and related natural resources.

Since its incorporation as a non-profit organization in 1993, the New Hampshire Rivers Council has worked to educate the public about the value of the state’s rivers, designate rivers in the state’s protection program, and advocate for strong public policies and wise management of New Hampshire river resources.

The Rivers Council grew out of the New Hampshire Rivers Campaign, a group of concerned citizens and conservation organizations that united in 1985 to create a voice for protection of New Hampshire rivers. The Campaign helped establish the state’s Rivers Management and Protection Program in 1989. The Campaign also helped shepherd river nominations into the new state protection program and helped establish river corridor protections under the state’s Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act. In 1992, the participants in the campaign recognized the need for a permanent, ongoing voice for river protection in the state, and formed the New Hampshire Rivers Council.

The New Hampshire Rivers Council is a 1% for the Planet nonprofit. Learn more at:

1% for the Planet

Calling all photographers: The Council is sponsoring a photo contest looking for everyone’s best river-themed photos, and look forward to being amazed by your submittals. It’s not too late to grab your camera and get onto our rivers! The top three winners will receive a free ticket to next year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

All submitted photos have a chance to be featured on our website and Facebook page throughout the year with credit to the photographer. For consideration in the contest, reply to this post with:
1) a photo of a New Hampshire river
2) the name of the river
3) a title or caption
The contest closes on October 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM. So get your beautiful, funny, adorable, or action photos from your cell phone and share them with a statewide audience! Please visit
https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshireRiversCouncil to submit your river images.

Save the date for the New Hampshire Rivers Council (online) Annual Meeting: October 25, 2021.

Eleventh Annual Wild & Scenic™ Film Festival: save the date: March 26, 2021

Michele L. Tremblay, President, Board of Directors receives EPA Environmental Merit Award. Click here to read more
September 11, 2020

Winnicut River Watershed Restoration and Management Plan
It’s complete and we are hitting the ground running by implementing it right away. Click here to learn more and download the plan.

Local River Management Advisory Committee meeting announcements
Click here to view agendas and immediate past meeting summaries