“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” -Maya Angelou
The year 2021 marks the 38th anniversary of the Lamprey River Watershed Association becoming a non-profit dedicated to the conservation, restoration and wise use of the natural resources of the Lamprey River Watershed.
Over the years, the LRWA has contributed to positive impacts for the river, wildlife and people of the watershed. One of our most significant achievements is working with community groups to make the Lamprey River one of the first rivers accepted into the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program in 1990. The Lamprey went on to become the first watershed-wide river in the program with an expansion in 2011.
In a similar fashion, the LRWA worked with communities to enable Newmarket, Durham, and Lee designated “Wild and Scenic” by the US Congress in 1996. Administered by the National Parks Service, this designation brought federal funding for a river management plan and funds for many acres of land protection through conservation easements. Annula funding from the NPS continues today and is administered by the Lamprey River Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by each town in the Watershed.
The Volunteer River Assessment Program (VRAP) is one of the LRWA’s annual programs that monitors the quality of the Lamprey’s water. Administered by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, LRWA volunteers spend time each summer to monitor the quality of the water in our river through sampling at 10 locations throughout the watershed. Results are given the NHDES to be included in their VRAP database.
Because the river is a resource that connects our towns, the LRWA has hosted a number of seminars, workshops and public events to provide information about land management and the relationship with the health of our rivers and our watershed. This is especially important to local boards and commissions, so they better understand how local policy impacts us all.
The LRWA is run by a board of concerned local volunteers. We celebrate the insight and vision that these leaders had thirty eight years ago and throughout the decades and for their work on behalf of a “clean and healthy watershed”.
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The Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA) was formed in 1983 to promote the restoration, conservation, wise development and use of the natural resources of the Lamprey River Watershed. Conserving fish and wildlife, forests, soil and water resources along with pollution abatement are key goals of the Association. Through education and research, the LRWA will work to increase the understanding among citizens about the importance of water and land conservation in the watershed.
The Lamprey River Watershed Association works in partnership with other conservation organizations and citizen groups to maintain or improve the natural health and beauty of the watershed. The Lamprey Watershed Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
Interested in participating in our citizen science programs? Would you like to get trained in Water Quality Monitoring, participate in community education events, help with wildlife and biodiversity projects? Let us know your interests. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All skills can be put to good use helping to make our watershed sustainable!