Friday, March 12, 1999
Scenic Rivers Act nears passage
The Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers Bill passed in the House of Representatives by a strong 395 to 22 margin, was reported to the Senate on March 4, and will be placed on the Senate calendar, according to a spokesman from Senator Edward Kennedy's office.
Representative Marty Meehan, who was one of the bill's sponsors and who, with Senators Kennedy and Kerry, has been committed to its passage, said "Thanks to the hard work of eight communities and a little legislative perseverance, the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers are one step closer to finally becoming part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System."
Carlisle's two miles of riverfront affected
The legislation will amend the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to include 29 miles of river segments in Massachusetts, including the Concord River from its origin at Egg Rock to the Route 3 Bridge in Billerica. It will give designated river segments permanent protection from federally licensed or assisted water resources projects, such as an Army Corp of Engineers drainage system, that would otherwise have direct and adverse effects on their scenic, historic and recreational values. It will be administered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in cooperation with a newly created River Stewardship Council, which will include Carlisle representatives.
The eight towns involved have already endorsed a river conservation plan to guide management of designated river segments. With the addition of the O'Rourke property on Maple Street to the Great Meadows National Wildlife refuge, this bill affords additional protection for the habitat and variety of species in Carlisle's river area.
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