A draft order for new procedures governing the Wild & Scenic Rivers program was announced on Tuesday, April 1. The National Park Service (NPS) is taking public comments on the proposed Director's Order 46 Concerning National Park Service Policies and Procedures for the program.
The polices would apply protective language for all rivers, including those within national parks, partnerships with other federal agencies, and state-administered ones. NPS has responsibility for water resource projects on all these rivers no matter under whose jurisdiction they fall.
The proposed order would cover review of federally assisted water resources projects, management
responsibilities, planning and studies, technical support, agreements and signage. It would supersede any previous orders or guidance. NPS intends to clear up any contradicting language.
NPS is also revising Handbook 46 governing the rivers.
Because the rules affect non-federal areas and administrators, NPS is posting them for public comment before putting them into effect. NPS is taking comments until May 16.