Burlington Free Press: Two Vermont rivers deemed "wild and scenic"
Stretches of the Missisquoi and Trout rivers received federal protection this week that will add water-quality protection and preserve access by paddlers, anglers and hunters.
The U.S. Senate approved legislation Friday to enroll about 50 miles of the Missisquoi and the Trout River, its tributary, in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, according to a bulletin from Vermont's Congressional Delegation.
The two rivers are Vermont's first to be enrolled in the program, the news release states.
In concert with seven towns in Franklin and Orleans Counties, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. have been working for the special status since 2007, the release adds.
The new designation grants those communities the ability to further protect their rivers, according to the statement.
Nationwide, Vermont's presence in the federal system is a modest contribution: The program's website states that fewer than 1/4 of 1 percent of America's rivers are protected by the program.