Local River Advisory Committees (LACs) for each of the state’s designated rivers are a key component of the state Rivers Program. Each committee plays a vital role in protecting not only the river, but its shorelands as well. A minimum of one resident from each riverfront community along the length of the designated river is appointed to the committee for a three-year term by the NHDES Commissioner. Committee members represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds. The main responsibilities of the local advisory committee is to develop and implement a local river corridor management plan, and to advise local, state and federal governing bodies and agencies of activities which may affect the water quality or flow of the protected river or segment and its tributary drainage area. NHDES offers the committee technical assistance in developing and implementing the management plan. All LAC members, with the exception of those representing Vermont towns on the Connecticut River sub-committees, must be New Hampshire residents.