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To become a National Scenic River, a river stretch must meet these basic criteria:

  • be free-flowing*
  • have a somewhat accessible, but mostly undeveloped, shoreline, and
  • clean water (or be managed to clean it).
*Cornell Dam, near the beginning of the Niobrara NSR, is a low dam that was deemed acceptable for designation.

In addition, they must have site-specific outstanding remarkable values--features that make the river unique or special at a regional or national scale.


Last updated: January 11, 2018

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