Wild & Scenic River History
Celebrating 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers
Across the nation, river enthusiasts, communities and government agencies are preparing to celebrate wild rivers with the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.
Congress passed this landmark legislation on October 2, 1968, to preserve selected rivers with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Of the approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the U.S., less than one percent - 12,734 miles - are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. These miles include some of the most primitive and breathtaking landscapes in North America. The names of many of the streams have Native American and pioneer origins, including the Musconetcong River which was designated by Congress in 2006.
The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act safeguards the free-flowing character of rivers by precluding them from being dammed, while allowing for the public to enjoy them. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries, and promotes public participation to develop goals for protecting streams. The Musconetcong is a Partnership Wild & Scenic River and is managed in partnership with local governments and non-government organizations by the Musconetcong River Management Council (MRMC).
Here is a timeline of the events leading up to designation:
You can help out too! We are looking for donors for Wild & Scenic River signs and sponsors for the Film Festival to cover costs and provide free admission to everyone.
Final Feasibility Study
W&S Act, Public Law 109-452
W&S River Segments Map
Historic Project Highlights
A Note from the Executive Director