American Rivers Identifies the Merrimack as one of the Most Threatened Rivers in the Nation

Today’s Concord Monitor article, Merrimack River on list of 10 most threatened rivers in U.S., reports that American Rivers has identified the Merrimack River as one of the most threatened rivers in the country to experience a loss of water quality due to increasing development, loss of forest and polluted stormwater runoff. The American Rivers blog post states that the report:

highlights the urgent need for conservation, greater efficiency, and better management of water resources to prevent further harm to river health, wildlife, fish and recreation. Fierce competition for water from rivers under ever greater strain from growing demand and the impacts of climate change is threatening the health of rivers across the country. As pressure on limited water resources grows, conflict must give way to cooperation if we are to satisfy the nations’ growing water needs and maintain clean and healthy rivers.”

Read more on American Rivers’ Merrimack River page.

The Contoocook, Warner and Blackwater Rivers are our local tributaries to the Merrimack River. This map on the Merrimack River Watershed Council page here shows the various watersheds.

Explore our Habitat Stewardship and Climate Change pages and come to these local upcoming events to learn what we can do to preserve our water quality:

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm
Warner River Nomination Committee Public Information Session
This committee of representatives from Bradford, Warner, Sutton, Webster, Hopkinton, the Warner Energy Committee, NH Fish & Game Department, Basil Woods Trout Unlimited and the Central NH Regional Planning Commission (CNHRPC) is considering nominating the Warner River to NH Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP), as described by RSA 483, where it would join the Merrimack, Contoocook and sixteen other NH rivers designated as having outstanding natural and cultural resources. With the nomination document near completion, the group is reaching out to towns and landowners within the watershed for feedback and support. Learn more about NH’s designated rivers and their respective management plans. Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St, Warner, NH 03278

Thursday, April 21  1:00 – 2:00pm
soak-logo-sm-01Soak Up The Rain New Hampshire
The Lake Sunapee Protective Association is hosting a presentation and discussion about what it means to Soak Up the Rain. Learn a new skill to take back to your home or neighborhood that will benefit Lake Sunapee and your local watershed. This event is open to the public and free! LSPA’s Learning Center, 63 Main St., Sunapee Harbor

Topics include:
Stormwater basics ~ What is stormwater?  And why is it important to address it?
Stormwater Solutions ~ such as rain gardens and vegetated buffers
Highlights of recent Soak Up the Rain projects
How to partner with DES to run a local SOAK program
Learn Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solutions!   How-to sheets available too!


Thursday, April 21st
6pm Social Hour; 7pm Presentationwrp-wild-brook-trour
Basil Woods TU Chapter Meeting
Featuring Fisheries Biologist Ben Nugent with George Embley
Presentation on work done and future opportunities for the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project.  Be sure to visit – open to all! The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Building, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord.


Thursday, April 28tDr Field pixh, 7pm
Why Do Rivers Do That?
The New Hampshire Rivers Council with local host, MainStreet BookEnds, and local sponsors (below) are bringing the exciting program “Why Do Rivers Do That?” with internationally known presenter, Dr. John Field, Field Geology Services. Dr. Field, an internationally known expert in the rapidly growing field of fluvial geomorphology, will present the exciting and interesting program that provides a geological and recent history of river dynamics in our area. He will answer questions about everything you want to know about rivers and their dynamic movement. The NH Rivers Council piloted the program last summer, which was tremendously well received by everyone in attendance. Through Dr. Field’s expertise, attendees will gain a better understanding of historic flooding, landslides, avulsions and why it seems that rivers do wild and inexplicable things—but are rivers truly unpredictable and can we prevent these catastrophes? Register here for this free presentation that you do not want to miss. MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E Main St, Warner, NH.

This above presentation is brought to you by the generosity of following local sponsors: The NH Rivers Council, MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, Lake Sunapee Bank, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Pellettieri Associates, Inc., Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Sugar River Bank and Trout Unlimited Basil W. Woods Chapter.


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