How does scenic river designation affect landowners?
Scenic River designation does not affect existing water rights or the existing jurisdiction of states and the federal government over waters as determined by established principles of law. In most cases not all land along eligible rivers will be publicly owned. Recreation, agricultural practices, residential development, and many other uses may continue pursuant to river classification. Landowner support is quite essential to scenic river designation and on-going voluntary demonstrated best management practices to preserve and protect the long-term outcome of rivers.
Natural Areas Program Administrator