Last week, on September 20, 2017, NHDES Commissioner Scott wrote The Honorable Kevin Avard, NH Senate Chairman, and Senator Dan Feltes, our prime sponsor, strongly recommending that the Warner River be adopted into the Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP) and be forwarded to the General Court for consideration in the 2018 legislative session.
His letter summarizes the formal NHDES proceedings this summer, stating that:
“Public support for the nomination of the Warner River has been strong. The nomination document included 34 letters of support, and three members of the public spoke in support of the nomination during the formal public hearing on July 11, 2017. During the public comment period, the Department received five additional letters and emails of support, and only one email expressing opposition to the nomination.”
His recommendation was also based upon the recommendations of the NH Rivers Program Chair, Tracie Sales, and the Rivers Management Advisory Committee’s (RMAC). The committee voted unanimously in favor of the nomination.
As we look forward to the 2018 legislative session, we want to thank Senator Dan Feltes, Representative Suzanne Smith, Senator Ruth Ward, Representative Clyde Carson, Representative Judith Spang, Tracie Sales and her staff, Michele Tremblay and the RMAC members, numerous non-profit organizations and state agency officials – and especially the volunteers, town citizens, members of the nomination committee and ever-dedicated town officials – all of whom have carefully assessed and supported this great effort to protect this river and its watershed.
For more information, please visit the Warner River Nomination website and join us at 6pm on October 21st at NH Fish & Game Headquarters in Concord. We will provide an update on the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project work accomplished this past summer and an update on the Warner River nomination.