Senator Feinstein Protects Wild and Scenic Merced
By: Megan Hooker
On April 17th, American Whitewater joined a coalition of organizations in urging Senator Diane Feinstein to protect the free-flowing Wild and Scenic Merced river and prevent it from being drown by the expansion of the New Exchequer Dam and Lake McClure. Happily, the Senator has agreed - for now - to drop her efforts to enact legislation that would have done just that.
Our nation has a strong history of building dams, and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was established to balance this policy. A Wild and Scenic designation protects the free-flowing nature of select rivers with outstandingly remarkable values - for present and future generations. The Wild and Scenic Merced became part of that balance in 1992, and should remain so into the future.