Wild & Scenic Recreational designation for Housatonic River
NEW MILFORD — A designation of Wild & Scenic Recreational has been given to the Housatonic River from the Kent/New Milford border to Boardman Bridge.
The designation was requested by the Housatonic Valley Association and approved by the New Milford Town Council on Oct. 13. Recreational rivers or sections of rivers are accessible by road or rail, have some development along their shores, and may be impounded.
The National Park Service completed its Wild & Scenic River Study of the Housatonic River in the later 1970s, determining that sections of the river — primarily from the Massachusetts boarder to the Kent/New Milford town boundary — qualify for designation as scenic and that the river through New Milford to Boardman Bridge qualifies for designation as recreational.
The Wild & Scenic Rivers System Act was created by congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational value. The Act seeks to safeguard the special characters of the nation’s most remarkable rivers while balancing their potential for appropriate use and development.
The Housatonic River Commission proposed creating a steering committee for river management from among its existing members and new stakeholders, such as HVA, in river management and planning for the section of the Housatonic River designated Wild & Scenic Recreational to Boardman Bridge.