In 1968, Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The act "declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation, which with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations."
Each designated river in the national system is to be managed in a way that protects and enhances the values that prompted its designation. In 1978, Congress used the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate the Upper Delaware River as a unit of national park system and a component of the national wild and scenic river system. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is a partnership of individuals; private landowners; and local, state, and federal governments working to protect the river, its environment, and the communities in the valley.
Management Goals for Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
Last updated: March 11, 2019