Twin Commissions from the Twin States
New Hampshire’s Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission, created by the legislature in 1987, and Vermont’s Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission, similarly created in 1988, were directed to cooperate with each other to preserve and protect the resources of the Connecticut River Valley, and to guide its growth and development. They have met together as the Joint Commissions since 1989.
Both Commissions are advisory and have no regulatory powers, preferring instead to advocate and ensure public involvement in decisions which affect their river and their valley.
Bridging Boundaries To Bring People Together
By engaging local leadership and initiative, and focusing resources to benefit the River and the people of its Valley, the CRJC have worked to:
- create a citizens’ river corridor plan
- improve water quality
- understand and stem shoreline erosion
- provide grants for river-oriented projects
- create a Connecticut River Byway
- strengthen markets for Valley agriculture
- describe the cultural heritage of the Valley
- form a water flow policy
- negotiate new terms for hydro dams
- win American Heritage River designation
- bring information and issues to the public
2012 Annual Report
We are pleased to present the 2012 Annual Report of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions. Since the New Hampshire Legislature established the Connecticut River Valley Resource Commission in 1987 and the Vermont Legislature authorized Vermont’s Connecticut River Watershed Advisory Commission in 1988, collaborative efforts on programs and public educational endeavors have benefited communities and riverfront land owners in the Connecticut River Valley.