Cocheco River Local Advisory Committee
At a ceremony held in 2009 on the sunny banks of the Cocheco River, Governor John Lynch signed House Bill 58 protecting the Cocheco River as the 16th designated river in the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program. He also signed six other bills of importance in the conservation of water resources in New Hampshire. The gathering was hosted by Strafford County Commissioners, Strafford County UNH Cooperative Extension, and the Cocheco River Watershed Coalition. County Commission Chair George Maglaras welcomed the group Legislators and senators who were key in the legislative process spoke to the gathering of the importance of resource conservation in the region and the necessity of local volunteer participation.
The Cocheco River corridor runs from New Durham southeasterly through Middleton, Farmington, Rochester, and Dover to the tidal limit at Cocheco Falls, a distance of almost 35 miles. The next step is for Communities to select representatives to the Cocheco River Local Advisory Committee to carry out the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program (RMPP).
The Cocheco River Watershed Coalition nominated the Cocheco River to the RMPP. After twelve years of educational activity in the watershed, the CRWC submitted the nomination package to NH DES. Strafford County UNH Cooperative Extension staff has from the beginning provided educational support to the Coalition and they look forward to continued collaboration with the new CRLAC.