Exeter Squamscott River Local Advisory Committee

Canoes and kayaks race along the Squamscott River in downtown Exeter as part of the 2007 Exeter River Alewife Festival.

Painted turtles soaking up the sun along the bank of the Exeter River in Brentwood.

Golden salt marsh grass frame boats along the Squamscott River in Stratham.

The Exeter-Squamscott River flows through the historic downtown of Exeter.

Exploring a riverbank in Sandown.

Marking the seasons with "ice in" on the Squamscott River.

One of the many waterfalls created by small, historic dams along the Exeter River, this one in Sandown.

“For the Good of the River”

Who We Are

In 1995, several people living in towns along and near the Exeter met to discuss working together to raise awareness about the river and advocate for its protection. Established in 1996, the Exeter-Squamscott River Local Advisory Committee acts as a steward of the Exeter and Squamscott Rivers, working with landowners, town government, developers, conservation organizations, and state and federal agencies to advise and advocate for the protection of the river’s water quality, water quantity, wildlife habitat, and scenic, recreational and historical resources.

The Exeter River and Squamscott River are two names used to describe one river, connecting a dozen communities. The Exeter River rises from spring-fed ponds in Chester and flows for thirty three miles through Sandown, Raymond, Fremont, Danville, Brentwood and Exeter.


What We Do

Using knowledge gained from over 20 years of research and discussion, ESRLAC supports towns in the watershed by providing the following services:

Reviewing development proposals in the river corridor, including state shoreland permit, wetland permit and alteration of terrain applications, meeting with landowners and developers to review and discuss proposals, and providing recommendations...


Where We Work


Meeting Notices - 2019


The Exeter-Squamscott River Local Advisory Committee Meets the Fourth Tuesday of the Month As Needed

7:00 pm | Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC)

156 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833

All meetings are open to the public. Please contact the RPC at (603) 778-0885 for meeting information.

Next Steps...

ERLAC meets monthly and committee members are needed from each of the ten watershed communities. To join the committee, or for more information, please contact us by using the form on our contact page.


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