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Senator announces statewide effort for wild, scenic rivers

Nominate new Oregon rivers, streams for protection

The Tillamook River on a fall afternoon. Cody Mann/Headlight Herald

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced he is taking nominations from Oregonians through Jan. 20, 2020 for rivers in the state that deserve addition to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers list.
“Whether you are a whitewater rafter, an angler or simply an Oregonian who believes strongly in protecting the river or stream that provides safe drinking water to your community, I want to hear from you,” Wyden wrote in an open letter to Oregonians seeking river nominations for new wild-and-scenic river legislation he plans to introduce.
“Now is your chance, once again, to speak up for your favorite rivers and highlight the outstanding values that make each river worthy of protection,” Wyden wrote.
With this week marking the 51st anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, Wyden noted the proposed new rivers that would be part of his upcoming Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation builds on legislation included in what Congress passed in February that added more than 250 miles of Wild and Scenic rivers in Oregon.
The senator said he is proud Oregon now has 2,173 miles designated in the Wild and Scenic Rivers system, but that the total remains a small fraction of Oregon’s 110,994 miles of major rivers and streams. He added that the outdoor recreation industry statistics show that recreation supports 172,000 jobs in Oregon and generates $16.4 billion in economic activity statewide.
Tillamook County features more than a dozen rivers and numerous streams.

Submissions can be sent through Jan. 20, 2020 to [email protected].

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