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Bug Nights 2018 are on with opening night on
February 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Please click here to download the "Bug Flyer."

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Calling all citizen scientists: UMRLAC hosts free River Runner™ workshop
August 31, 2016
The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee is hosting a New Hampshire Rivers Council River Runners™ invasive species identification training workshop on August 31, 2016.The workshop and materials are free but space is limited so registration is required. Click here for details and to register.

Bug Nights 2016: Bug Appétit
January 11, 2016
Bug Nights are on and start with a training session on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 hosted at St. Paul's School In Concord. This year, we have expanded our schedule with even more winter Wednesday nights.Click here to download the flyer including driving directions.We'll see you there!

The UMRLAC is hosting a New Hampshire Rivers Council River Runners™ training on July 23
Have you seen a new aquatic plant and aren't sure what it is? Do you care about your local river or stream? Do you want to do more to prevent invasive species infestations? You can help stop infestations in their tracks when you become a River Runner. Please click here to learn more. The workshop is free but space is limited so be sure to register soon.

Bug Nights 2015: Meet the Beetles
December 24, 2014
It was twenty years ago roughly today that UMMP first started. How can we make it better? An expanded schedule with even more winter Wednesday nights. Click here to download the flyer including driving directions.We'll see you there!

Bug Nights are over—for now
March 26, 2014
The good news is that last night, Bug Night People finished all of the specimens for this year. The bad news is there will be no Bug Nights for the rest of 2014. The Bug Night people sorted, counted, and identified all of the specimens collected by the Rock Basket People in the fall of 2013. Fear not, we will start again in January 2015. Thank you to everyone who participated and a huge thank you to St. Paul's School, who graciously hosts us every Wednesday evening in their beautiful laboratory, classroom, and lecture hall. If you are interested in Bug Nights next year or the field work this summer, please visit and sign up for our electronic notification list. You can also find the Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee on Facebook and Twitter. Please like and follow us to access exclusive news and other fun information.

Bug Nights are front page news
January 30, 2014
The Concord Monitor thought it would be interesting to come to Bug Nights and see what all the excitement is about. See their front page photo essay by clicking here.
Better yet, buy the paper today.

Gimme Green Film Screening and Experts Panel
February 20, 2014
Gimme Green is a humourous look at the American Obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life. This twenty-seven minute film will present a variety of viewpoints on this issue and show how homeowners, real estate professionals, and landscapers are involved. After the film screening a panel of experts will provide their reactions and viewpoints with time for attendees to ask them questions. Panelists include Ken Jordan, Ken Jordan Realty Associates, Cathy Neal, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and Britt Phillips, Complete Land Organics. Refreshments provided by The Works Bakery Café and St. Paul's School.
Click here to register.

Bonus Bug Nights 2014: back and bigger and better than before
January 6, 2014
How can Bug Nights get better? With more dates than ever before. Click here to download the flyer including driving directions. Now you won't have to worry about what to do on Wednesday nights at least until May (and maybe even later).

Bonus Bug Nights by "Pupular Demand" for May 2013
April 26, 2013
Bonus Bug Nights by "pupular demand" are slated for May 1, 8, 22, and 29, 2013. Click here to download the flyer (new dates not included) for driving directions. Now you won't have to worry about what to do on Wednesday nights until June.

Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Terriory, 1630-1725 presented by Dr. David Stewart-Smith will be hosted by the UMRLAC and St. Paul's School on May 7, 2013
Posted April 18, 2013
Please click here for event details and to register. Space is very limited for this special event.

Bug Nights 2013 are on!
January 16, 2013
It's back for its seventeenth year! Bug Nights 2013, is scheduled to begin on January 30. Download the "flyer" here.

Wanted: public opinion
June 3, 2012
The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee is hosting a river shoreland standards focus group for the New Hampshire Rivers Council on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at The Pines, Northfield, NH. For further information and to register please click here.

Bug Nights volunteers finish all identification for the season
May 15, 2012
For the first time since the program started in 1995, Bug Night volunteers finished all of the 2011 summer sample identification. They will be treated to the traditional "last supper" at 6:00 PM on May 30, 2012 at Saint Paul's School.

Bug Nights held over by "pupular" demand
May 1, 2012
Volunteers just can't get enough and didn't want to call it quits last week. Bug Nights are extended through May on the 2nd, 9th, 23rd, and 30th. On May 30, Bug Night will be ending early for the last supper, which the Upper Merrimack LAC will cater as a thank you to this season's volunteers.

Bug Nights 2012 are on!
February 13, 2012
Since 1995, volunteers including anglers, students, teachers, paddlers, and others interested in the health of the Upper Merrimack River and general river ecology have enjoyed learning about these fascinating creatures and what they tell us about water quality. Your work as a citizen scientist helps determine the health of the Upper Merrimack watershed. Training is free, fun, and a great way to spend quality time with family and friends as well as an opportunity to make new acquaintances. Your new, organized, and beautiful life begins on Wednesday nights. Click here to download flyer with schedule and driving directions (PDF)

David Stewart-Smith to present "Pennacook Homeland - The Merrimack River Indians"
January 10, 2012
Well-known native populations history expert, David Stewart-Smith,will present his program on Monday, Feburary 13, 2012 at the Boscawen Town Hall located at the intersection of US Routes 3 and 4 (beneath the First Congregational Church) in Boscawen, NH. The building is handicapped accessible. The program will begin at 7:30 PM. The program is free and open to the public but the UMRLAC asks that you confirm your participation so that it may arrange sufficient space and refreshments. RSVP to or via telephone at 603.796.2615.

Bug Nights 2011 are on!
January 4 , 2011
It's back for its fifteenth year! Bug Nights 2011, now in its fourteenth year is scheduled to begin on January 19. Download the "flyer" here.

New Municipal Buffer and Setback study releasedJuly 1 , 2010
Read the new study with regulatory audits and other great planning tools by clicking here. Please contact UMRLAC if you would like a presentation for your board, commission or committee.

UMRLAC is Twenty Years Old!
July 1 , 2010
The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee is twenty years old! We will be celebrating with a day-long event on August 14, 2010. Please click here to sign up for updates and registration information.

Great new mapping and data tool
June 1 , 2010
The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee released this great new tool that allows visitors to view reliable volunteer generated data by selecting map points. Try it for yourself by clicking here.

Bug Nights 2010 are on!
January 11 , 2010
The legend continues! Bug Nights 2010, now in its fourteenth year is scheduled to begin on February 3. Download the flyer here.

UMRLAC presents at annual Water/Watershed Conference
November 19 , 2009
UMRLAC presented on its buffers and setbacks project at the Conference this year with the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission.

Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program now in full swing for summer season
June 18 , 2009
E. coli monitoring starts on June 24 with sampling at eleven sites from Franklin to Bow conducted every two weeks through September 2. Sites are along the Pemigewasset, Winnipesaukee, Contoocook, and Merrimack Rivers. Rock Baskets deployment and retrieval are being scheduled. To learn more or find out how you can join the fun, contact or 603.796.2615.

UMMP part of the Cornell Citizen Science Central network!
February 23 , 2009
The Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program is now part of the Cornell University Citizen Science Central network. UMMP joins many other organizations in this registry including the very popular FeederWatch. For further information click here.

Bug Nights 2009 are on!
December 22 , 2008
Bug Nights are scheduled for January 21, February 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, and April 15 and 22. For further information, download the flyer at Adobe® Acrobat® file (429KB).
UMRLAC Recognized with Volunteer Champion Award
November 13 , 2008
The UMRLAC was recognized with a Volunteer Champion Awards at the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards ceremony at the Volunteer NH! event in Concord. Former Governor Jeanne Shaheen presented the award to the UMRLAC and the state's other Local River Management Advisory Committees.

New UMRLAC Representative Appointed
August 13 , 2008
Brian Sullivan was appointed this month to serve a three-year tern as the newest UMRLAC representative for the City of Franklin. Brian joins Tucker Noack, a veteran "UMRLACer." The Committee is very pleased to have two skilled and committed members representing their municipality.

UMRLAC recognized with Gold level President's Volunteer Service Award
April 22, 2008
The UMRLAC was honored at the EPA Awards Ceremony in Boston. Read more...

Bug Nights
January 16, 2008
Bug Nights 2008 are on! Beginning with a training class on February 20, 2008, Bug Nights will meet at St. Paul's School in Concord through April 16, 2008. Print the entire, twisted flyer and get the schedule by clicking Adobe® Acrobat® file (502KB).

Management Plan draft to be presented at meeting
January 30, 2007
"First Look" at draft management plan slated for February 21, 2006 at the Boscawen Town Hall at the intersection of US Routes 3 and 4 (under the church building). Click here to see the first draft of the recommended goals and objectives. Further detail on activities and identified resources to implement the plan will be included in the next draft. Please click here for the Plan comment form.

UMMP featured in Yankee Magazine

August 31, 2004
The September 2004 issue of Yankee Magazine profiled several New England "Freshwater Warriors" including Michele Tremblay, Director, Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program. The article profiles what New Englanders are doing to protect and conserve the region's rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and wetlands.

Partner article featured in national trade publication

July 21, 2004
UMMP Sampling Supervisor, Steve Landry, published a feature article and companion "side bar" in the Summer 2004 issue of The Volunteer Monitor. The article profiled the UMMP's successful partnership building and fundraising programs which engage businesses, schools, and other organizations while building capacity for the Program.

UMMP director named national River Hero
May 2003
River Network, Portland, OR, Washington, DC, and Montpelier, VT named Michele L. Tremblay as one of its River Heroes at its national River Rally in Washington [state]. Michele was the only volunteer honored with the award.

New Adopt-a-River Site sponsor
February 2003
The UMMP welcomes Aquarian Analytical Inc., Canterbury, NH, the newest Sponsor in the Adopt-a-River Site Program. Aquarian Analytical joins ten other area businesses and organizations in supporting UMMP.

New Adopt-a-River Site sponsor
May 2002
The UMMP welcomes Essex Power Services, Inc., Boscawen, NH, the newest Sponsor in the Adopt-a-River Site Program. Essex joins nine other areas business and organizations in supporting UMMP.

NH Outlook features "Bug Nights"

February 28, 2002
NH Public Television's "NH Outlook" will air a segment on "Bug Nights" at 10:00 PM. Most can tune in on channel 11. View the segment at their website by clicking here using Real Player? Click here for a free download.

NH Public Radio / WEVO Segment covers "Bug Nights"

February 21 and 25, 2002
"Bug Nights" was recently covered by Doug MacPherson for a WEVO "NH Today" feature segment.

Volunteers produce quality environmental data on the Merrimack River—citizen science validated as a natural resource management tool
February 18, 2002
A report released this month by the Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program (UMMP) details the strength and validity of citizen science, or volunteer-generated, water quality biomonitoring data. The report proves that the quality of data produced by Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program volunteers is indistinguishable from that of professional level analysis. Click here for the full press release.

UMRLAC and UMMP present award to new EPA Administrator
July 30, 2001
The UMRLAC and UMMP honored Commissioner Robert W. Varney at a farewell reception for him on July 30, 2001. Commissioner Varney has been very supportive of the work of the Committee and its Programs during his twelve year tenure as head of the NH Department of Environmental Services. He was presented with a framed certificate and photograph for his new office where he will serve as Region I administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program honored with Trout Unlimited Award

July 30, 2001
The Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited presented its "Silver Trout" award to the Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program " in recognition of distinguished service and dedication to the enhancement, presentation, and restoration of our cold water fisheries" at the organization's annual banquet in Concord, NH.

Basil W. Woods, Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited makes significant gift to Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program
July 30, 2001
The Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited awarded a generous gift to the UMMP to support purchase of a multi-parameter water testing meter. The meter will be employed to help assess tributaries and mainstem areas of the upper Merrimack watershed.

UMRLAC presented with EPA Environmental Merit Award
April 18, 2001
The volunteers of the Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program were recognized with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Merit Award for "outstanding efforts in preserving New England's environment at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA.

Outreach grant awarded to UMRLAC
February 6, 2001
The NH Department of Environmental Services awarded a grant to the Upper Merrimack River LAC for a significant outreach project. "Data presentation, outreach, and Education for Action in the Upper Merrimack" will work through presentations to organizations and schools throughout the watershed to move citizens and groups from knowledge to action and involvement.

UMRLAC awarded grant for Riverbank Restoration Project
October 12, 2000
Supported in part by the NH Department of Environmental Services Merrimack Watershed Restoration Fund and in collaboration with NH Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the project is restoring a badly-eroded section of riverbank by implementing a variety of natural Best Management Practices.

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