Isinglass River Management Plan
The Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) announces completion of the Isinglass River Management Plan. SRPC prepared this Plan for the Isinglass River Local Advisory Committee (IRLAC) in coordination with and funding from the NH Department of Environmental Services Rivers Management and Protection Program.
The Isinglass River Management Plan proposes a management approach focused on protecting and conserving the rivers many resources, protecting riparian and aquatic habitat, advocating for water quality and quantity to sustain aquatic and recreational uses, and balancing the development of land and water uses for recreation with other public needs within the river corridor and watershed. The River Management Plan addresses environmental and land use issues within the river corridor and watershed.
The River Management Plan identifies five priority management issues:
- Water Quality Protection — fishery, riparian buffers, drinking water supplies, designated uses
- Flood Management and Remediation — flood storage, channel and habitat protection, stormwater management
- Land Protection — Resource and Habitat Conservation — instream flows, riparian habitat, protection of forests and open space
- River Corridor and Watershed Planning — cooperative regional and stakeholder partnerships
- Stewardship, Education and Outreach — public involvement, raise awareness of river and watershed resources
The River Management Plan identifies short-term, intermediate and long-term goals for river and watershed protection along with strategies to address them. The Implementation and Action Plan organizes the priority issues, actions, and strategies in a timeframe that allows for effective and timely implementation.
The Isinglass Local Advisory Committee (IRLAC) will advocate for implementation of the River Management Plan and support integration of its goals and strategies by the corridor communities in their master plans, resource-based planning initiatives and land use decisions.
Designated River Status
In June 2002, the Isinglass River became one of 15 rivers designated by the Governor and Legislature of the State of New Hampshire as deserving of extra protection under the states Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP). Under the provisions of RSA 483, the river designation provides the following benefits:
- increased protection against the construction of new dams and damaging channel alterations
- protection against water quality impairment
- recognition of the protected river corridor (land within 0.25 miles from the river banks)
- siting of solid and hazardous waste facilities in the river corridor
- formation of a Local Advisory Committee for coordination and advocacy
As part of its designation as a protected river, the Isinglass River was divided into three segments based on the land use and environmental characteristics of the river and river corridor � a Natural segment and two Rural segments. Following is a detailed description of each segment and a map showing their locations along the river corridor. The river corridor includes land within one quarter mile of the rivers banks along the designated segments of the river.
Location and Length of Designated River Segments
|Segment Designation||Segment Location||Segment Length
|Rural River||In the Town of Stafford from the outflow of Bow Lake Dam to immediately downstream of the Route 202A bridge||0.54|
|Natural River||From immediately downstream of the Route 202A bridge in the Town of Strafford to immediately upstream of the Route 126 bridge in the Town of Barrington||5.75|
|Rural River||From immediately upstream of the Route 126 bridge in the Town of Barrington, to the confluence with the Cocheco River in the City of Rochester||11.64|