2021 Annual Report is online
Updated January 30, 2022
The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee annual report is now online.
Click here to read reports.

Planning and conservation tools
The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee has created a new web-based resource with land use studies, maps, and other resources for its cities and towns. Click here to begin using the resources and click here to try the interactive map and river quality data tool.


News archive

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.