Portland, OR: The drinking water sources and fishing and boating hot spots enjoyed by millions of Oregonians could be permanently protected, thanks to a proposal announced today by Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer. The “Oregon Treasures” legislation would forever safeguard rivers and streams on Mount Hood and in the Rogue River basin with Wild and Scenic River designations.
The proposal calls for roughly 80 miles of new Wild and Scenic rivers in Mt. Hood National Forest and over 142 miles of new Wild and Scenic designations for Rogue River tributaries.
David Moryc, wild rivers program director for American Rivers, made the following statement:
“This is the kind of leadership and vision we need if we are going to protect the drinking water sources for millions of Oregonians, along with the recreation and fish and wildlife that give this state such a high quality of life.”
“Oregon has a proud legacy of protecting Wild and Scenic rivers, and we have a responsibility to make sure our rivers and streams stay healthy for the next generation. This legislation would be a significant step in that direction.”
“Our wild rivers and streams are threatened by the impacts of global warming, along with population growth and harmful development. The protections proposed today will ensure that these rivers stay clean and healthy and can sustain our communities for generations to come.”
A Wild and Scenic river designation forever protects the free-flowing condition and outstanding values of our country's most precious rivers. To qualify, a river must be free-flowing and must be deemed to have one or more "outstandingly remarkable" scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values.
- Oregon has more Wild and Scenic rivers (49 river segments) than any other state in the nation
- Roughly 700,000 boaters and anglers use the Rogue River every year
- The lower Rogue generates $13 million in tourism revenue annually, according to BLM estimates
American Rivers is the leading organization working to protect and restore the nation’s rivers and streams. Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Since 1973, American Rivers has fought to preserve these connections, helping protect and restore more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual release of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 100,000 supporters, members, and volunteers nationwide. Visit www.americanrivers.org, www.facebook.com/americanrivers and www.twitter.com/americanrivers.