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    COVID-19 NHDES Wetlands Permitting Public Information Notice

    Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the citizens of New Hampshire, state agencies, and cities and towns are taking additional safety measures to protect our employees and customers. Because of the extra precautions to meet the CDC guidelines and the Governor’s order, Towns and cities have closed their offices to the general public. Many of our wetland application processes start with a Town clerk signature (RSA 482-A:3, I(1)). In particular, the streamlined Wetland Permit by Notice and Expedited permit application processes require conservation commission waiver of signatures to meet RSA 482-A: 11, III(a).

    Accordingly, the NHDES will accept emails from Town and City clerks, conservation commissions, Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC), and Rivers Council to serve as records of receipt and/or waiver of intervention for Wetland applications in lieu of wet signatures during this declared Corona emergency. To ensure these Town/city electronic authorizations connect to the right NHDES application, please include the Applicant name, Land owner name, Location address, Project Description to "DES.WetlandsTownConn@des.nh.gov (“DES: WetlandsTown Connect”) with Subject Line Town Connect. For coordination of your application review and email signature from the City of Laconia Conservation Commission, please email the Conservation/Planner Technician, or call 603-527-1264.

    Please continue to send your application and plans directly to the NHDES at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302.

    As of December 2019, Conservation Commission Signature is Required for NHDES Wetland PBN Processing;" With the exception of the project types specified in Env-Wt 309.07(h), the Conservation Commission signature is necessary for NHDES to process this PBN within 10 days of receipt of an administratively complete application. If the Conservation Commission does not sign this statement for any reason where it is necessary, NHDES will process this PBN within 25 days of receipt of an administratively complete application."

    NHDES Environmental News

    Oct 2020: Paddlers, painters and picnickers- Public gains access to Pickerel Pond
    Sept. 2019: Laconia's state champion white oak gets new lease on life.