ISF River Prioritization

Next Designated Rivers for Study

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Instream Flow Program announces that the Cold, Warner, and upper Ashuelot rivers have been confirmed as the next designated rivers for protected instream flow development. Work will begin immediately on the Cold and Warner rivers, in that order, as funding allows.

Results of the Instream Flow Program river prioritization public process can be found in the 2018 Instream Flow Program’s Prioritization of Designated Rivers Studies document

Choosing the Next Designated River on which to Implement the Instream Flow Program

As required by the New Hampshire Legislature, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is beginning to implement the Instream Flow Program on all of the state’s designated rivers. The Instream Flow Program is intended to ensure that water in our rivers is available for both people and wildlife. Because the Program cannot be implemented on all of the designated rivers at once, NHDES developed a list of priority rivers on which to begin conducting protected instream flow studies next. NHDES held a public hearing on November 26, 2018 to seek input on which rivers should be studied first. The comment period was open from November 1, 2018 through December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm. NHDES considered public comments received and prepared the 2018 Instream Flow Program’s Prioritization of Designated River Studies document announcing that the Cold and Warner rivers will be the next designated rivers for protected instream flow development.

 Written Comments Received for the River Prioritization

Warner River LAC – December 5, 2018
Ashuelot River LAC
 – December 6, 2018
Connecticut River Conservancy – December 6, 2018

Public Hearing

NHDES, in compliance with RSA 483:9-c, II held a public hearing to receive comments on the Instream Flow Program’s plans to conduct a protected instream flow study on the next designated river. The hearing was held jointly with the NH Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the NH House of Representatives Resources, Recreation and Development Committee on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the NHDES Offices in Concord, NH.

Instream Flow Program River Prioritization Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Materials

Letters of Support for the River Prioritization