WILD & SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATION

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Wild & Scenic River Designation

On November 1st, 2000, 67 miles of the Lower Delaware River along the border of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, and three Pennsylvania tributaries received Federal Wild and Scenic Designation. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed by Congress in 1968 with the goal of protecting the freeflowing condition of rivers. Each designated river is to be managed in a way that protects and enhance the values that prompted its designation.

The oversight of the Wild and Scenic sections of the Delaware River is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, the Delaware River Greenway Partnership, and the Lower Delaware Management Council.

On May 24th, 2016, Springfield Township Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution in support of joining the Wild and Scenic Rivers designation. However, since Cooks Creek flows from Springfield Township through Durham Township to the Delaware, Springfield Township can only be incorporated into the designation if a resolution is also passed in Durham Township. Citizen organizers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been working together to advocate for this designation and to pass resolutions in their respective communities. More information on the Wild and Scenic Rivers designation process can be found Delaware River Basin Commission’s website and lowerdelawarewildandscenic.org.