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North Country

North Country Concerns: Protecting Water And Air Quality, Local Agriculture And Renewable Energy

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Major concerns of North Country residents outlined in a new, preliminary draft report include protecting air quality and the water supply both for drinking and recreation...

There is also strong support for local agriculture and improving energy efficiency, including renewable resources.

But there is also a desire for local governments to have more of a say in whether renewable energy projects are approved.

The report was done by the North Country Council – a regional planning group. Research included public hearings and surveys.

The wide-ranging report is called “A Plan for New Hampshire’s North Country.”

It also covers subjects such as the economy, housing, health, infrastructure, sustainability, “the power of community” and giving “young people the tools they need to succeed here.”

A series of open houses will be held in September to gather comments. They are:

1) Monday, September 8, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Albany Town Hall.

2) Tuesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Stratford Town Hall.

3) Thursday, September 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Gorham Town Hall.

4) Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Haverhill Municipal Building.

5) Monday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Franconia Town Hall.

6) Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Rumney Town Office.