Thanks to you, a 17.5 mile stretch of the Nehalem River is now a state scenic waterway, thus helping to protect instream flows, prevent new dams, and protect native fish.
In our previous newsletter, we urged supporters to contact Oregon Governor Kate Brown to designate the Nehalem River on the Northern Oregon Coast as a state scenic waterway.
Congratulations! Your efforts worked!
Over the summer, Governor Brown indeed designated a 17.5 mile section of this beautiful river as Oregon’s newest state scenic waterway. The State Scenic Waterway Act, voted into law by Oregonians in 1970 by a two-to-one margin, was ushered into law in order to protect Oregon’s most beloved rivers. Above all, it mandates that the highest and best uses of water in state scenic waterways are for fish, wildlife and recreation. This glorious stretch of the Nehalem River now benefits from this landmark designation.
As many of you know, the Nehalem River is a particular favorite among dedicated boaters, anglers and hikers, and provides important habitat for several iconic fish species, including coho, spring and fall chinook, steelhead, chum and sea-run cutthroat. Because of the scenic designation, the state must now manage and protect the Nehalem’s natural resources, scenic values and recreational uses. This includes instituting safeguards to ensure instream flows, preventing dams, and protecting native fish populations.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of Oregonians, nature and water lovers!