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The Wild and Scenic Rivers System was established four years after the Wilderness Act became law and protects many hundreds of miles of free-flowing river segments nationwide as “wild” (no shoreline roads or development) or “scenic” (some roads and development).  Prohibits dams and further shoreline development.  Link to the text of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Includes a study provision for candidates for river classification. A provision of the law provides that where a designated river segment overlaps a designated wilderness—which is common—the stronger, more protective of the two protection provisions will apply.

American Rivers works to encourage the growth and protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Links connect to each river group working to protect a river segment. To sign up for a alerts and news on river issues, fill in the form on the right side: https://www.americanrivers.org/take-action/