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Virginia Scenic Rivers Program’s intent is to identify, designate and help protect rivers and streams that possess outstanding scenic, recreational, historic and natural characteristics of statewide significance for future generations. This program is managed by the state and should not be confused with the federal Department of the Interior’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. One of the program’s strengths is the partnership forged between citizens, local governments and the state. This partnership begins in the evaluation phase and continues through and after the designation process.
Scenic river designations result from initiatives from partnerships of local groups, local governments, state agencies and the Virginia General Assembly. In addition to existing designated state scenic rivers, other river segments have been deemed worthy of further study. See Virginia Outdoors Plan Chapter VII-F Scenic Rivers, pages 152-160, for more detail. You may also view this slideshow for more details about the program.
The program's focus is on enhancing the conservation of scenic rivers and their corridors. State and federal agencies must take into consideration how projects and programs affect state scenic rivers. DCR is ready to help localities develop planning tools for their use in enhancing the conservation and protection of scenic river corridors. Ultimately, the locality decides what to institute.
The program’s enabling legislation is the Virginia Scenic Rivers Act of 1970, §10.1-400.
The following steps are taken in the designation of a candidate river segment.
Download A Guide to Citizen Involvement in the Scenic River Designation Process for more detail.
The commonwealth has various land conservation mechanisms that can be used to protect scenic and water qualities of river corridors. Several are listed below. Click the program link for more details.
For more information, contact Environmental Programs Planner Lynn Crump, firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-786-5054.