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2008 Status of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act - 40th Anniversary
Section 5(d)(1) of the act requires federal agencies undertaking land management planning to assess rivers and streams for potential inclusion in to the NWSRS
River Segment Identification
- presence of dams
- changes in river character
- changes in land status
Boundary Identification (river study area)
Preliminary boundary is a quarter mile buffer along both sides of river from ordinary high water mark.
Buffer width can vary as needed to protect river values (ORVs), but cannot average more than 320 acres per river mile.
To be eligible, a stream segment must be “free flowing” and have at least one “Outstandingly Remarkable Value” (ORV).
“free-flowing” is any size creek or stream, of any length that has intermittent, interrupted, or a perennial flow regime.
Attributes of a “free-flowing” river reach:
Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs)
Attributes of (ORVs):
Suitability – assesses the manageability of a river segment.
Suitability recommendations are developed by the BLM using input from stakeholders during the alternatives formulation process of the resource management plan.
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