Rio Grande
Administrative History
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1968:Oct. 2.Public law 90-542 enacted, establishing the National Wild and Scenic River System. This legislation authorized a study of the Rio Grande, along with 27 other rivers in the nation, for potential inclusion into the System. Designated study area to be from the west boundary of Hudspeth Co. to E. Boundary of Terrell Co.
1973:Bureau of Recreation notifies NPS of study to determine whether Rio Grande should be included in Wild and Scenic Rivers system. BOR requests that NPS appoint a representative to study commission. BIBE Superintendent Joseph Carrithers appointed.

Dec. 11 & 12:Public information meetings held in Alpine, TX and Austin, TX by study commission.
1975:Study commission issues Final Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Study, recommends inclusion of study area into system.
1978:Nov. 10Congress passes public law 95-625, amending National wild and Scenic Rivers Act to include a segment of the Rio Grande River.
1979:Jul. 19NPS has already been given responsibility, planning team assembled. Team begins effort by issuing first newsletter, introducing process by which RIGR establishment is to take place.

Nov.Questionnaires for public input distributed as preliminary to Environmental Assessment.

Dec.Public comment period for input to environmental assessment begins. Comments accepted through April 1980.
1980:Sep.Environmental Assessment, based on public response to questionnaires and 1975 Bureau of Recreation Study is issued. Includes NPS proposal of alternatives.
1981:Jan.Draft Land Acquisition Plan issued.

Mar. 2-6Public comment meetings held in Sanderson, Alpine, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas. Public comment open through Mar. 20.

Nov.Final General Management Plan/Development Concept plan approved by NPS Southwest Regional Director.

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Last Updated: 27-Apr-2005