About the Wetlands Council

Responsible for advising the state Wetlands Bureau, hearing appeals and reviewing administrative rules.

RSA 21-O:5-a establishes a Wetlands Council composed of five state agency representatives and eight members of the public, appointed by the Governor and Council for a term of three years, or until a successor is chosen.

Duties of the Wetlands Council

  • To consult with and advise the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services or his/her designee, with respect to policy, programs, goals, and operations of the Department as they relate to wetlands and protected shorelands with particular emphasis on long-range planning for the Department, and public education relative to the functions of the Department.

  • To hear all administrative appeals from Department decisions made under RSA 482-A relative to wetlands, and/or under RSA 483-B relative to shoreland protection, and shall decide all disputed issues of fact in such appeals in accordance with RSA 21-O:14.

  • To consider all proposed rules presented by the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services relative to wetlands and shoreland protection, prior to the Department filing of a notice of proposed rules under RSA 541-A:6, and within 15 days shall present, in writing, any objections of proposed rules to the Commissioner.

  • To adopt rules to govern its proceedings in accordance with the rulemaking provisions of RSA 541-A, notwithstanding RSA 21-O:14.

  • To approve disbursements of the aquatic resource compensatory mitigation fund established under RSA 482-A:29.

  • To perform any additional functions assigned to it by amendment to RSA 21-O:5-a.

Contact Us

Non-Appeals Related

Wetlands Council
c/o NHDES, Water Division
Attn: Sarah Richos, Council Secretary
29 Hazen Drive
PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-2915

 

Appeals Related

Wetlands Council
Attn: Appeals Clerk
c/o NHDES Legal Unit
29 Hazen Drive
PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-2464