Upper Valley River Subcommittee

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March 19, 2014 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
10 Water Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Rachel Ruppel

The regular February meeting (scheduled for Monday, February 24th) is cancelled. A regional Local Advisory Committee Workshop will replace it on Wednesday, March 19th in Lebanon.  Following the workshop, Jonathan Loos, a graduate student with Plymouth State University, will make a brief presentation about his thesis project.  (directions: http://www.uvlsrpc.org/contact/ — we are located in the Whitman Communications building, next to Central Supply)

More information about the LAC Workshop:

This workshop is hosted by the NH Department of Environmental Services Rivers Program and the NH Rivers Management Advisory Committee. The purpose of this workshop is for Rivers Program leadership and staff to receive feedback from LAC members on which aspects of the Rivers Program that are working well, and which aspects of the program need changing. NHDES/RMAC are contemplating proposing revisions to RSA 483 in time for the 2015 legislative session, and the changes we suggest will largely be driven by LAC feedback. Several of the possible changes that we have identified are merely housekeeping items while others are more substantive. (Rachel’s note: the Rivers Program legislation is now 25 years old, so it’s a good time to revisit this legislation and make sure that it will serve the needs of the State’s rivers over the next twenty-five years.)

Other benefits of these meetings include:

  • provide an opportunity for LAC members to meet and talk with colleagues within their larger watershed region;
  • meet and “put a face to” DES staff and RMAC leadership;
  • share program concerns and local issues with DES and RMAC.

More information about Jonathan Loos and his thesis project:

Jonathan came to the UVRSC’s December meeting. His MS thesis research is set within the UV portion of the Connecticut River. The project is assessing stakeholder perceptions of flood risk and flood mitigation ecosystem services, and their reactions to policy which requires stakeholders to pay for flood risk (AKA Biggert Waters Act 2012 – we discussed this at the December meeting as well, i.e. changes to the federal flood insurance program). He would like UVRSC to act as one of his three stakeholder groups – in March, he’d like to give his elevator pitch to us, and then conduct a focus group session (~20 minutes) during the UVRSC’s April meeting.