NHDES Commissioner Robert Scott strongly recommends the Warner River be adopted into NH’s RMPP!

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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.


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Concord Monitor announces July 11th Public Hearing for the Warner River Nomination into NH’s Rivers Management and Protection Program


An old Boston & Maine railroad trestle along the Warner River in the Roby District, Warner, NH. Photo credit: Chris Connors.

Read their article here (http://www.concordmonitor.com/Public-hearing-to-be-held-on-Warner-River-nomination-into-New-Hampshire-s-River-Management-and-Protection-Program-10988496).

Here is the link to the official NHDES press release (https://www.des.nh.gov/media/pr/2017/20170621-warner-river.htm)

Please visit the Warner River Nomination website here to learn more. (http://warnerrivernomination.wordpress.com/home/welcome)



Basil Woods Trout Unlimited volunteers assisting NH Fish & Game in assessing a culvert crossing in the Warner River watershed. Photo credit: George Embley.

Distribution of trout 2008 to 2013

Over two-thirds of the Warner River watershed contain populations of Wild Brook Trout, a Species of Conservation Need in New Hampshire, according to NH’s Wildlife Action Plan. Wild Brook Trout presence indicates that this watershed is high quality. Map Credit: Ben Nugent, Lead Project Inland Fisheries Biologist.


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Flood Resiliency Community Workshops

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For more information, please read our flyer here: Flood Resiliency Community Workshops.

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Signup & Train with NHDES on May 23rd and join the Warner River VRAP Team!

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For your convenience, here is the link to RSVP or simply email concordtu@yahoo.com.

Learn more about the NHDES VRAP program here.

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Join us at our 29th Annual Basil Woods TU Conservation Banquet!

Dear Volunteers and Conservation Partners,

Please join us this Saturday evening, March 18th, 2017 at 5:30pm for our 29th Annual Conservation Banquet, Grappone Conference Center at the Courtyard by Marriot, 70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH.

We have provisioned the food and spirits – and an exemplary speaker – the Forest Society’s President and Forester, Jane Dibley, who is so close to home! We have very good reason to celebrate such partnerships in our mutual efforts – and sincerely hope you will join us as we value your contributions the same!

We are still loading up the auction table and raffles! Get a table for you, your spouse and all your friends. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year for the conservation work we do! By attending, you will make a significant difference. There are gifts from the fish gods (and others) for all! You can see previews of our raffle and auction items on our Facebook page here!

Whether you are just interested in what we do – or what’s on raffle or auction, please join us! You are absolutely guaranteed a fun, eventful and pleasant evening – and no matter your contribution, it will help us go far for what we do!

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

The Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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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
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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
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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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Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter Receives $4,000 Embrace-A-Stream Grant!

Funds will support the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project!!!

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The Basil W. Woods, Jr.  Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a grant of $4,000 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace-A-Stream grant program. This grant, together with $4,397 additional chapter funds, will be used to hire a seasonal student intern who will coordinate our 2016 Stream Crossing Assessment & Outreach Campaign.

This will be the fifth year of the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project, a joint partnership of the Basil Woods Chapter, NH Fish & Game, the Warner Conservation Commission, and local volunteers. During this year’s campaign, the partners will gather data on habitat fragmentation by continuing road-stream crossing assessments in the Andrew Brook subwatershed and will be implementing a new outreach program for watershed communities and landowners identified as having property on wild brook trout streams.  Site visits will be conducted with interested landowners to demonstrate the value of these streams through electrofishing and macro-invertebrate sampling.   The project objectives are to promote stewardship of these valuable streams and to identify resources and opportunities to conserve the watershed and its high water quality.

We’re thrilled to be able to take the next steps toward conserving this watershed, thanks to this Embrace-A-Stream grant,” said Alex Hicks, Basil Woods Chapter President. “The results of our previous fish and habitat surveys identify a high quality watershed with plenty of wild brook trout and excellent water quality. This is a watershed that is well worth preserving. With this grant, we can take a proactive approach toward increasing its resilience to the pressures of future development and climate change.”

To learn more about this project, please explore this blog and join us at our next chapter meeting on Thursday, April 21st, for a presentation on the Warner River Watershed Conservation Project featuring Fisheries Biologist Ben Nugent with George Embley. The presentation will cover work accomplished and future opportunities for the project. Open to all! 6pm Social Hour; 7pm Presentation at The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Building, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord.

Embrace-A-Stream is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited that awards funds to local chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, the grant program has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million.

This year, a total of $84,941 was awarded to 26 chapters and councils, for projects restoring stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 18 different states from coast to coast. The grant program is funded almost entirely by individual donations from Trout Unlimited members and conservation-minded individuals who know that local restoration projects, led by local volunteers, can make a big difference in improving the health and habitat in our nation’s rivers and streams.

About Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with more than 150,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Visit us online at tu.org.

About the Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited
The Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves more than 300 members in central New Hampshire near Concord. Chapter members volunteer thousands of hours and raise thousands of dollars each year to support our many projects.  Visit us at http://www.concordtu.org/

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