Sun Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday that designates portions of the Nashua, Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

The bill authorizes a local advisory committee to work with state and federal agencies to protect values intrinsic to the river and directs the rivers to be managed in accordance with the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers Stewardship Plan, while preserving existing uses.

The legislation previously passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, and now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan applauded the House passage of the Natural Resources Management Act on Tuesday.

"I was proud to take up the mantle of my predecessor, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and introduce legislation along with my colleagues to designate the Nashua River as a wild and scenic river," Trahan said in a statement.

"Though it is hard to believe, just a half century ago the Nashua River was considered among the most polluted in the country," she added. "While great strides have been made over the years to remove pollution and conserve swaths of the region, there is still much work to be done. With the passage of this bill, the new wild and scenic designation will support that critical mission and help us to preserve this precious resource for generations to come."


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