North Country Council, with funding from the Campton Village Water District and an EPA 604(b) grant provided by DES, has secured the services of Interfluve to conduct a fluvial geomorphology-based assessment of the Mad River, similar to the plans completed for the Upper Connecticut River tributaries, the Lower Mohawk River, the Suncook River, McQuesten Brook, Nash Stream, and the Pemigewasset River that have been developed and implemented. The future availability of state and federal funding often depends upon the development of watershed and geomorphology-based plans before implementation phases can be considered for competitive funding opportunities. This project is to generate such a plan as the basis for future implementation of the restoration, infrastructure protection, and river management recommendations contained within it. Completion of this project will not only benefit the drinking water supply system for the Campton Village District, but also put this reach of the Mad River back onto a channel evolution course that is not entirely dictated by historic actions of development pressures within the region. Ultimately, it is hoped that the Mad River could potentially be de-listed from the 305(b) / 303(d) list similar to the successful Pemigewasset River Restoration Project in Woodstock that generated a Nonpoint Source Success Story for New Hampshire and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Campton Conservation Commission meeting agenda for Wednesday August 3, 2016 at 7:00 PM will include a presentation of the draft report on this project and an opportunity for the public to ask any questions they have for the Interfluve team and to provide comments for consideration. The meeting will be held at the Campton Town Office on Gearty Way. This is on the south side of NH 49 immediately west of I-93 Exit 28. Click here to download the draft report: Mad River Stabilization Report 071116.