MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The three members of Vermont's congressional delegation are hoping to add the Upper Missisquoi and Trout rivers in the northern part of the state to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Sens. Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch introduced legislation Thursday to add the Vermont rivers to the system that is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Currently 40 other states have rivers listed under the system, created in 1968 to recognize and preserve rivers with scenic and recreational value.
The designation would protect the natural, cultural and recreational qualities of the rivers for fishermen, hunters and paddlers. It would also help maintain water in the rivers.
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