Our next Wild and Scenic Rivers

Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Photo: Wendy McDermott, American Rivers.
Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Photo: Wendy McDermott, American Rivers.

Seven rivers in five states are closer to permanent protection today, thanks to a package of bills that passed the House in the National Defense Authorization Act.

From Delaware’s White Clay Creek (the site of a recent dam removal), to Oregon’s River Styx (the first underground river protected in the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system) to Washington’s Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt rivers (a wild gem in Seattle’s backyard) to Vermont’s Missisquoi and Trout rivers (the first Wild and Scenic rivers in the state), the safeguards advanced today will benefit clean water, fish and wildlife, river health, and everyone who loves wild places.

This is the first Wild and Scenic legislation to pass the House in five years. If it passes the Senate, these Wild and Scenic designations will protect roughly 140 miles of rivers and more than 17,000 acres of riverside land.

“Protecting healthy, wild rivers is one of the best investments our country can make, and we applaud the House for passing this vital legislation,” said Bob Irvin, President of American Rivers. “These rivers give us clean drinking water and flood protection, they provide fish and wildlife habitat —> Read More Here


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