Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee
The Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee (LMRLAC) is comprised of representatives from the business, recreation, agriculture, and conservation community as well as riparian landowners and local government. The Committee serves as stewards and watchdogs over any activities in the Lower Merrimack River Corridor. LMRLAC activities vary from reviewing wetland applications and site plans for development, to assisting with trail projects and commenting on conservation activities within the Corridor. Communities in the Lower Merrimack River Corridor include Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, and Merrimack.
|How was LMRLAC formed?||
The Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee was created in 1990 after the Lower Merrimack was designated a protected river in the State of NH. As a designated river, the Lower Merrimack is protected under RSA 483, administered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) Rivers Management and Protection Program.
|What does LMRLAC do?||
According to State statute, one of the main tasks charged to the Local Advisory Committee is to “develop or assist in the development and adoption of local river corridor management plans under RSA 483:10…”
In 2008, NRPC and LMRLAC updated the 1989 Lower Merrimack River Watershed Management Plan. Local involvement on the LMRLAC is crucial in order to develop a Management Plan that is consistent with the goals of each community in the Corridor and that provides a comprehensive action plan for the long-term management and protection of the Lower Merrimack River Watershed. An important part of the planning process involved a series of four river tours to identify areas of concern in each of the corridor communities.
|Meeting Schedule & Minutes|
The Lower Merrimack River Corridor Management Plan, along with other documents produced by NRPC, can be found here.
|2012 604(b) Lower Merrimack River Continuity Assessment||
The goal of the Lower Merrimack River Continuity assessment is to determine the level of aquatic habitat fragmentation resulting from bridges and culverts and to identify and prioritize specific stream crossing locations that could be targeted for improvement to reconnect aquatic habitat.
The project has been divided into 4 tasks:
Task 2) Prioritize crossing locations to receive field assessments.
Task 3) Receive training from NH Geological Survey and conduct field assessments of the prioritized bridge and culvert locations using the NH Stream Crossing Protocol.
Task 4) Summarize the field assessments and provide this information to the Lower Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee.
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
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