Resolution To Retain Wild And Scenic River Act Protections On The Merced And Other California Rivers


Resolution 11-11.21L

WHEREAS, Congress approved the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA) in 1968 to preserve certain rivers which possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, or other similar values in free-flowing condition and to protect such rivers for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations; Congress subsequently amended the WSRA to add the main stem of the Merced River and the lower Merced River in 1987 and 1992 respectively to the list of rivers so protected; Congress has never authorized removal of any river or portion of a river from the wild and scenic river system; and

WHEREAS, the protections thus established by Congress have permitted millions of Americans to enjoy the natural beauty of the Merced River and have resulted in additional tourism which benefits the economy of Mariposa County; and

WHEREAS, Merced Irrigation District has undertaken efforts, including legislation introduced to and approved by the House of Representatives, to remove one-half mile of the pristine three-mile section of the lower Merced River from the protections afforded by the WSRA, thus precluding present and future generations of Californians and Americans from enjoying the natural beauty of that portion of the river and offering injury to Mariposa's economy today and in the future;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party opposes all efforts, including any legislation which may be proposed for approval by the United States Congress, the end result of which would be to remove any portion of a California river from the protections afforded by the WSRA.


Sponsors Rosemarie Smallcombe, the Mariposa County Democratic Central Committee


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 29, 2012

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