Protect Wild and Scenic Rivers and Our Public Lands

Sheenjek Wild and Scenic River, Alaska | Photo: Alamy

October 2, 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest protection for rivers in our country, safeguarding clean water, recreation, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System protects more than 12,700 miles along 208 rivers and 3,000,000 acres of riverside land in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Most Wild and Scenic Rivers flow through public lands.

Unfortunately the Trump Administration and some members of Congress are pushing to hand over our public lands and waters to corporate interests in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and national monuments including Bears Ears, Rio Grand del Norte, and Cascade-Siskiyou. Whether it’s oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge or opening monuments to harmful mining and logging, these actions will leave permanent scars and diminish the legacy we leave for our children and grandchildren.   

We need your help today. It’s critical that we fight back against any rollbacks to protections for rivers and public lands. Please urge your member of congress today to stand up for Wild and Scenic Rivers and defend the public lands and waters that are so vital to our future.