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:
- two sections of pervious concrete walkway;
- two sections of pervious paver walkway;
- 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:
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 (, 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 (, 2.8 MB).
Responsible Medication Disposal for Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems
Click here for further information about SMARxT (, 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.
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 New Hampshire Department of Environmental Studies – Shoreland Program (, NHDES site).
Economics of Surface Waters
NHRC in conjunction with the Lakes, Rivers, Streams and Ponds Partnership 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:
- The New Hampshire Lakes Association (, NHLA site)
- The New Hampshire Rivers Council (, NHRC site)
- The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (, NHDES site)
- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (, NH F&G Dept. site)
- Squam Lakes Association (, SLA site)
- Lake Sunapee Protective Association (, LSPA site)
- Newfound Lake Region Association (, NLRA site)
- The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (NHDRED site)