Source to Sea paddle and river clean-up held on Saturday was a success!!

The Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee will be hosting a paddle and walk along the Mascoma River in West Lebanon to support the awareness of the Source To Sea Cleanup initiative of the Connecticut River Watershed Council on Saturday, September 23, 2017 beginning at 10 am. The walk/paddle will last about an hour to an hour and a half. For more information on groups that are participating look here.  We will be meeting at the Family Health Center located at 252 Mechanic St in Lebanon at 10am.

Hope you can join us!

Mascoma River Paddle, Saturday, April 29th, 12:00-3:00

Please join members of the Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee for a Spring paddle on the Mascoma River.  We will be putting in at the Enfield/Canaan car-top boat launch, just passed Blackwater Rd. in Canaan off of Rt. 4. From there we will paddle to the Baltic Mills dam in Enfield and then return. Bring a bagged lunch and join us!! 

Lebanon Rail Trail Bird Walk, Saturday, June 10th,  8:00-10:00

Join Jeff MacQueen on a bird walk along the Mascoma River co-sponsored by the Mascoma Chapter of NH Audubon and the Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee. We will meet at 8:00 at the parking area on Icehouse Road in Lebanon. We’ll check a known nearby site for breeding Cliff Swallows and continue along the Rail Trail downstream along the Mascoma River for other breeding birds. The Rail Trail provides very level walking, but comfortable shoes, bug spray and binoculars are recommended.

To reach the parking area on Icehouse Road, travel 2.5 miles east on Rt. 4 from exit 17 on Interstate 89. Take a right onto Icehouse Road and travel a short distance to the Rail Trail area.

If anyone from the region would like to learn more about the proposed hydroelectric project on the Mascoma River  by Grafton Hydro, please contact Tom Tarpey via email: tarpey at

On September 21st at 6:30, the Mascoma River LAC will host Thomas Tarpey, Director of Grafton Hydro, who will join us to discuss the Mascoma River hydro electric project proposed.  This meeting will be open to the public.

Several articles about this project have appeared in the Valley News. Follow the links to the archived articles:

Firm Gets Permit To Study Dams On Mascoma

Paddlers Oppose Mascoma Dam

Whitewater: Wet & Wild

Help keep Mascoma River clean!  Join the Lebanon Rotary on Saturday, June 25th to walk along the river and clean up the trash.  Wear long pants – there’s a lot of poison ivy out there!


Grafton Hydro gets FERC permit to study dams on the Mascoma River. Read the Valley News Article here.


Back in December 2015, some of the MRLAC members took a field visit to the Kmart Plaza in West Lebanon to see the progress of the bank stabilization project designed by Pathways Consulting. We thought you might like to see the images of this interesting and effective design.


On Wednesday, December 16th, the Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee hosted an open forum about the existing preliminary permit application for the hydroelectric project proposed on the Mascoma River.  The LAC joined the Connecticut River Watershed Council and the Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited to file a Motion to Intervene to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This filing can be viewed here.  This does not mean that the MRLAC opposes the project at this point. Intervenor status provides the opportunity for groups to become participants in the proceeding and have the right to request rehearing of Commission orders and seek relief of final agency actions in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal (FERC).

View the preliminary permit submitted to NH DES by Grafton Hydro, LLC here.

On September 10, 2015 from 6-8 pm at the Bradford Academy, 172 N Main St, Bradford, VT there will be an informal public meeting held by the US Fish & Wildlife Service about the draft CCP/EIS Plan for the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge.  The AMC describes the Refuge as encompassing the entire 410-mile length of the 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River Watershed in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

For more information visit the Silvio O. Conte website here.

Hope to see you there!

Mascoma River Local Advisory Committee held a River Runners Workshop led by the New Hampshire Rivers Council on July 15, 2015 from 7-9 at the offices of the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission located at 10 Water Street, Lebanon. For more information about the River Runners Program go to

On Saturday, April 5th, 2014 the Mascoma River LAC held the MASCOMA RIVER WATERSHED SUMMIT from
9:00 AM—2:00 PM at the Cardigan Mountain School.

What is a Watershed Summit? A get-together of community groups and local organizations in the Mascoma watershed that promote and care for the environment, outdoor recreation, culture and community.
Program Highlights:

  • Round-table Session: Each group/organization shared its recent projects and ongoing initiatives.
  • Keynote Address: Vicki Quiram, Assistant Commissioner of NH Department of Environmental Services
  • River Erosion Interactive Demonstration with Shane Csiki and Jeremy Nicoletti of NH Geological Survey
  • Break-out Discussions: How can we learn from each other? How can we work together to take care of our water, our land and our community?

Funding and support for this summit provided by Mascoma Watershed Conservation Council, New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Cardigan Mountain School.

Click here to view the Mascoma River Watershed Summit Notes.


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