The Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee (UMRLAC) was established in 1990 to assist its member communities, Boscawen, Bow, Canterbury, Concord, Franklin, and Northfield in a variety of studies and planning activities in the upper Merrimack watershed. It serves as the area's advisory board on its designation in the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program.
The Purpose of UMRLAC is defined by statute:
- To advise the commissioner, the advisory committee, and the municipalities through which the designated river or segment flows on matters pertaining to the management of the river or segment. Municipal officials, boards, and agencies shall inform such committees of actions which they are considering in managing and regulating activities within designated river corridors;
- To consider and comment on any federal, state, or local governmental plans to approve, license, fund or construct facilities that would alter the resource values and characteristics for which the river or segment is designated, and to develop or assist in the development and adoption of local river corridor management plans;
- To develop or assist in the development and adoption of local river corridor management plans; and
- To report annually to the advisory committee and the commissioner on the status of compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, local ordinances, and plans relevant to the designated river or segment and corridor.
As a member community the Town is entitled to appoint to members of the UMRLAC.