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Old 09-02-2014, 09:45 PM
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Saw a guy today damming an FFO river. He is prying rocks and stones from the stream bed with crow bar then piling rocks up to make a pool in the river so he and his family can lounge in the water .
I called fish and game but never heard back from them .It appears that many of the homeowners on this ffo river are doing the same .

What is the law on changing the flow of a stream in NH ..? This is a great FFZo river and am concerned it could damage reproduction .
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:42 PM
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Saw a guy today damming an FFO river. He is prying rocks and stones from the stream bed with crow bar then piling rocks up to make a pool in the river so he and his family can lounge in the water .
I called fish and game but never heard back from them .It appears that many of the homeowners on this ffo river are doing the same .

What is the law on changing the flow of a stream in NH ..? This is a great FFZo river and am concerned it could damage reproduction .
Contact the NH DES- Wetlands Bureau as they have jurisdiction. Also, the local Conservation a Commission can help. Streams are protected. Take photos to record the disturbance to document. The individuals are probably unaware of regulations.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:54 PM
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I spoke to the guy ...he blew me off and continued working . What pisses me off is that its a great ffo stream.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:44 AM
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I'll be interested in what you find about the legality of this.

I see these piled up rocks to make pools all over the place - essentially wherever there are houses/camps next to the river. Also the popular swimming spots.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:23 AM
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I will report back when I get more information.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:30 AM
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Can't wait to hear the results on this one.Personally I think swimming in brooks and rivers in NH should be outlawed.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:21 AM
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Well over a decade ago there was a guy in Rye who 'restored a historic mill pond' on Berry's Brook. Essentially he did the same thing by rolling around the existing rocks of the historic structure to hold back water creating a pool in front of his house.

The DES was not fond of the idea, and made him take it out. I can't remember if he was fined or not.

Call DES and ask who's jurisdiction the Town falls in and talk to that inspector directly. If they can not pursue it, they will direct you to another who will.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:50 PM
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To start the process of filing a complaint use the following interactive link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lrmcomplaint . It will ask if a Wetlands Permit was issued, probably safe to assume that one was not applied for. Download complaint form and complete. I recommend involving the local Town of ? Conservation Commission as an ally on getting action from the NH DES. Be prepared for level of interest by Conservation Commission to vary greatly from Town to Town. Name of stream? Town? Any other local groups who have interest in the particular waterbody (stream), such as local Trout Unlimited Chapter? Be patient, the NH DES typically will followup on complaint. Good luck.
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:37 PM
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I called DES and left a message .That was at 9am . I Have not heard anything as of yet . I don't think I will hear anything

Another thing is the guy made his own beach out of stone which I know is a no no .
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:14 PM
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I saw one of those personal lounge pools on the ellis years ago above timmy's bridge.
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