Wild And Scenic Rivers Act Law and Legal Definition

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation enacted in 1968. The Act aims to protect and preserve certain selected rivers of the U.S. which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values. The Act was an outgrowth of the recommendations of a Presidential commission, the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission. Provisions relating to the Act are found in 16 USCS §§ 1271 through §§1287.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was established pursuant to the Act. The Act puts forth the methods and standards through which additional rivers may be identified and added to the system. It authorizes the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to study areas and submit proposals to the President and Congress for addition to the system.