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Wild & Scenic River Act Amendments

Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Amendments & Section 2(a)(ii) Additions

The files below represent the original Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, as amended, and the individual amendments since 1968. The amendments to the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act represent 16 USC, Sections 1271-1287, amended through July 2012. Also included are the Federal Register notices for Section 2(a)(ii) designations, complete through July 2012. Section 2(a)(ii) designations are not amendments to the Act; however, this was a logical place to provide those documents as they represent additions to the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System on an equal basis as those rivers designated through amendments to Section 3 of the Act. For more information on Section 2(a)(ii) designations, please see our white paper.

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Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and Amendments

1968

Original Act & All Designations In Order (12 MB File!)

P.L. 90-542 — Original Legislation; Protected First 8 Rivers (Clearwater, Eleven Point, Feather, Rio Grande, Rogue, St. Croix, Salmon (Idaho), and Wolf; Identified 27 Rivers For Study

1972

P.L. 92-560 — Designated St. Croix

1974

P.L. 93-279 — Designated Chattooga

1975

P.L. 93-621 — Added 29 Rivers for Study (American Through Dolores)

P.L. 94-199 — Designated Rapid, Snake; Added Snake For Study

1976

P.L. 94-486 — Designated Flathead, Missouri, Obed; Added Housatonic For Study; Clarified Feather Designation

1977

P.L. 95-87 — Eliminated Surface Coal Mining Within Designated and Study Rivers

1978

P.L. 95-625 — Designated Pere Marquette, Rio Grande, Skagit, Middle and Upper Delaware, NF American, Missouri and St. Joe; Added Kern, Loxahatchee, Ogeechee, Salt, Verde, San Francisco, Fish Creek, Black Creek, Allegheny, Cacapon, Escatawpa, Myakka, Soldier Creek, Red, Bluestone, Gauley and Greenbrier For Study

1979

P.L. 96-87 — Technical Amendment 1 - Upper Delaware Advisory Council

P.L. 96-87 — Technical Amendment 2

1980

P.L. 96-199 — Added Birch For Study

P.L. 96-312 — Designated Salmon (Idaho)

P.L. 96-487 — ANILCA (Alaska Rivers)

1984

P.L. 98-323 — Added Wildcat For Study

P.L. 98-406 — Designated Verde

P.L. 98-425 — Designated Tuolumne

P.L. 98-444 — Designated AuSable; Allowed Lamprey Control Structures on the Pere Marquette

P.L. 98-484 — Added Horsepasture For Study

P.L. 98-494 — Designated Illinois and Owyhee; Added North Umpqua For Study

1986

P.L. 99-530 — Designated Horsepasture

P.L. 99-590 — Designated Cache la Poudre, Saline Bayou and Black Creek; Added Farmington and Great Egg Harbor For Study; Technical Amendments

P.L. 99-663 — Designated Klickitat and White Salmon; Added Klickitat and White Salmon For Study

1987

P.L. 100-33 — Added Maurice, Manumuskin and Menantico Creek For Study

P.L. 100-149 — Designated Merced; Added Merced For Study

P.L. 100-150 — Designated Kings

P.L. 100-174 — Designated Kern

1988

P.L. 100-412 — Upper Delaware Advisory Council

P.L. 100-534 — Bluestone, New, Gauley, Technical Amendments

P.L. 100-547 — Designated Sipsey Fork of Black Warrior

P.L. 100-552 — Technical Amendment on the Missouri

P.L. 100-554 — Designated Wildcat

P.L. 100-557 — Designated Oregon Rivers, Including Adding the Klamath For Study Under 5(d)(2)

P.L. 100-605 — Added Hanford Reach (Columbia River) For Study

P.L. 100-633 — Designated Rio Chama

P.L. 100-668 — Established Final Boundary Map for Klickitat River

P.L. 100-677 — Prohibited Dams Proximate To the Snake and Salmon Designations

1989

P.L. 101-175 — Protected Genesee Under Same Provisions As Study Rivers

1990

P.L. 101-306 — Designated Jemez and Pecos

P.L. 101-356 — Added Merrimack For Study

P.L. 101-357 — Added Pemigewasset For Study

P.L. 101-364 — Added St. Marys For Study

P.L. 101-538 — Added Mills For Study

P.L. 101-612 — Designated Smith

P.L. 101-628 — Designated Clarks Fork of Yellowstone; Added Sudbury, Assebet and Concord For Study

1991

P.L. 102-50 — Designated Niobrara and Missouri; Added Niobrara For Study; Technical Amendments To Missouri Designation

P.L. 102-214 — Added Lamprey For Study

P.L. 102-215 — Added White Clay Creek For Study

P.L. 102-220 — Eleven Point Land Acquisition

1992

P.L. 102-249 — Designated Michigan Rivers

P.L. 102-271 — Designated Allegheny; Added Clarion and Mill Creek For Study

P.L. 102-275 — Designated Arkansas Rivers

P.L. 102-301 — Designated Sespe, Sisquoc and Big Sur; Added Piru, Little Sur, Matilija, Lopez, and Sespe Creek For Study

P.L. 102-432 — Designated Merced; Added North Fork Merced For Study

P.L. 102-460 — Added Lower Delaware For Study

P.L. 102-525 — Added New For Study

P.L. 102-536 — Designated Great Egg Harbor

1993

P.L. 103-162 — Designated Maurice

P.L. 103-170 — Designated Red

1994

P.L. 103-242 — Designated Rio Grande; Added Rio Grande For Study

P.L. 103-313 — Designated Farmington

1996

P.L. 104-208 — Designated Elkhorn

P.L. 104-311 — Added Wekiva For Study

P.L. 104-314 — Designated Clarion

P.L. 104-333 — Put Hanford Reach (Columbia River) In Permanent Study Status, Designated Lamprey, Bluestone Boundaries, Technical Amendments

1998

P.L. 105-362 — Technical Amendment to Niobrara (Repealed National Park Study)

1999

P.L. 106-20 — Designated Sudbury, Assabet and Concord

P.L. 106-119 — Upper Delaware Visitor Center

2000

P.L. 106-176 — Lamprey Technical Amendments

P.L. 106-192 — Designated Lamprey

P.L. 106-261 — Designated Wilson Creek

P.L. 106-299 — Designated Wekiva

P.L. 106-318 — Added Taunton For Study

P.L. 106-357 — Designated White Clay Creek

P.L. 106-399 — Designated Donner und Blitzen, Wildhorse & Kiger Creeks

P.L. 106-418 Designated Lower Delaware

2001

P.L. 107-65 — Added Eight Mile For Study

2002

P.L. 107-365 — Designated Puerto Rico Rivers

2004

P.L. 108-352 — Technical Amendments

P.L. 108-447 — Salmon Outfitter Camps

2005

P.L. 109-44 — Designated Upper White Salmon

2006

P.L. 109-362 — Designated Black Butte

P.L. 109-370 — Added Lower Farmington & Salmon Brook For Study

P.L. 109-452 — Designated Musconetcong

2008

P.L. 110-229 — Designated Eightmile

2009

P.L. 111-11 — Designated South Fork Clackamas, Eagle Creek, Middle Fork Hood, South Fork Roaring, Zig Zag, Fifteenmile Creek, East Fork Hood, Collawash, Fish Creek, Battle Creek, Big Jacks Creek, West Fork Bruneau, Cottonwood Creek (ID), Deep Creek, Jarbidge, Little Jacks Creek, North Fork Owyhee, South Fork Owyhee, Red Canyon, Sheep Creek, Wickahoney Creek, Amargosa, Owens Headwaters, Cottonwood Creek (CA), Piru Creek, North Fork San Jacinto, Fuller Mill Creek, Palm Canyon Creek, Bautista Creek, Virgin, Fossil Creek, Snake Headwaters & Taunton; Added to Elk & Owyhee Designations; Added Missisquoi & Trout For Study

Section 2(a)(ii) Designations

1970

Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine — July 17, 1970, Federal Register Notice

1973

Little Miami River, Ohio — January 31, 1974, Federal Register Notice

1975

Little Beaver Creek, Ohio — February 27, 1976, Federal Register Notice

1976

New River, North Carolina — April 19, 1976, Federal Register Notice

St. Croix River, Minnesota & Wisconsin — June 25, 1976, Federal Register Notice

1980

Little Miami River, Ohio — January 12, 1981, Federal Register Notice

1981

American, Eel, Klamath, Smith & Trinity Rivers, California — January 23, 1981, Federal Register Notice

1985

Loxahatchee River, Florida — May 23, 1985, Federal Register Notice

1989

Vermilion River, Illinois — August 17, 1989, Federal Register Notice

1993

Westfield River, Massachusetts — November 16, 1993, Federal Register Notice

1994

Big & Little Darby Creeks, Ohio — November 21, 2000, Federal Register Notice

Cossatot River, Arakansas — February 2, 1994, Federal Register Notice

Klamath River, Oregon — October 19, 1994, Federal Register Notice

1996

Wallowa River, Oregon — August 13, 1996, Federal Register Notice

1998

Lumber River, North Carolina — October 6, 1998, Federal Register Notice

2004

Westfield River, Massachusetts — October 29, 2004, Federal Register Notice