The Wild & Scenic Rivers Program

Image of Taunton River in FallOn October 2, 1968, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed into law. The act established a process for building a legacy of protected rivers.

Only 2.5% of all rivers in the United States have been indentified as potential candidates for a Wild and Scenic designation. Only a tiny fraction of those have even received official consideration through a congressionally authorized study.

The Taunton River in Southeastern Massachusetts is one of these very rare rivers. Through a community based effort, a Wild and Scenic Rivers designation can be realized for this "undiscovered gem."

What is the Wild & Scenic Rivers Program?

How Rivers are Designated

"Wild Rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning."

Richard Bangs, River Gods

Why Does the Taunton River Fit the Program?

What a Wild & Scenic Designation Can Do for the Taunton River

Why Community Support Is So Important

Frequently Asked Questions