H.R. 2569, Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

H.R. 2569

Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Sponsor
Rep. Peter Welch

Date
September 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 2569, the Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2569 was introduced on June 27, 2013 by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on May 29, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

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[1] House Committee Report 113-502.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2569 amends current law to designate portions of the Missisquoi River and the Trout River in Vermont as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Background

“The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act became law in 1968 with the goal of protecting the free-flowing characteristics of select rivers.  [Its purpose] was to combat the increase in the construction of dams around the country.  In many ways, the Act puts a development freeze on, over and next to a designated river.”[2]

“H.R. 2569 designates in the State of Vermont two segments of the Upper Missisquoi River totaling 35.1 miles and the entire main stem of its tributary, the Trout River, totaling 11 miles, as part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, to be administered by the Secretary of the Interior as recreational rivers.”[3]  Congress previously authorized a study of the rivers, which revealed the local opposition to federal management or ownership of the river or its surroundings.  A management plan was devised in conjunction with the study, requiring the Secretary to coordinate management of the river with a local committee.  H.R. 2569 directs the land to be managed in accordance with the management plan.

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[2] Id. at 3.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 2569 would cost approximately $1 million over the 2015-2019 period.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.