Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act established a national system to identify outstanding values and protect the free-flowing condition of rivers. According to Park Service personnel “protection of these outstanding rivers designated as Wild and Scenic can only occur with commitment from state and local partners.”
In Massachusetts, the Riverways Program has provided leadership in all three of our national designated rivers: the Westfield River, Sudbury/Assabet/Concord Rivers, and the Taunton River. Riverways staff, representing the Commonwealth on the Wild & Scenic Committees, participate with municipalities, environmental organizations, the National Park Service and other state and federal agencies on issues relating to National Wild and Scenic Studies and designated rivers.
Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers
Towns of: Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham, Lincoln, Sudbury, Wayland
Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council
Westfield Wild and Scenic River
Towns of: Becket, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Huntington, Middlefield, Savoy, Washington, Windsor, and Worthington
Westfield River Wild and Scenic Committee
P.O. Box 397
Huntington, MA 01050
Taunton Wild and Scenic River
Link to a map of the study area
Towns of: Bridgewater, Halifax, Middleborough, Raynham, Taunton, Berkley, Freetown, Dighton, Somerset and Fall River
Taunton River Wild and Scenic Stewardship Committee
Taunton, MA 02780
State Scenic and Recreational Rivers
Towns of: Hanover, Hanson, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Scituate
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