State Protection for the Souhegan River
The Souhegan is a multiple-use river that has water withdrawals for business and drinking water, waste assimilation, swimming, fishing, canoeing. SoRLAC has to balance all of these uses to protect the river.
As part of the RMPP, SoRLAC wrote a Master Plan for the entire river. This has been presented to the watershed communities with the hope and expectation that it will result in changes to the towns’ master plans and planning regulations in order to further protect the river and its tributaries.
Also, the Souhegan, along with the Lamprey River, was selected by the state for a study of Instream Flow Rules which were part of the original legislation (RSA 483) for the RMPP which passed in 1989. This is the pilot program for eventually protecting the amount of water withdrawals in all of NH’s rivers. It was adopted in 2013. A huge amount of data about the river is available here.