San Antonio Creek flows through the northern part of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo Courtesy NPS
VALLES CALDERA NEWS RELEASE
The National Park Service invites public comment as it initiates an assessment of free-flowing river and creek segments within Valles Caldera National Preserve. The segments are being evaluated for potential eligibility for designation in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
The public can contribute input by sharing feedback about the unique character and value of Valles Caldera’s rivers and creeks to the National Park Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at PO Box 359, Jemez Springs, NM 87025.
The National Park Service is undertaking this eligibility assessment pursuant to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Wild and scenic river status is our nation’s strongest form of protection for free-flowing rivers and creeks which are determined to have remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic or other similar values. Free-flowing is defined as existing or flowing in a natural condition without impoundment, diversion, straightening, rip-rapping, or other modification of the waterway.
For a segment to be eligible, it must be free-flowing and possess one or more values that is significant on a regional or national scale. The National Park Service would manage any eligible rivers and creeks to ensure that unique values are protected and enhanced. Eligibility as a wild and scenic river does not make these important watercourses off limits to the public; rather, these exceptional rivers and creeks create opportunities for public inspiration, enjoyment, and stewardship.
More information about the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System is available at this link: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1912/what-are-wild-and-scenic-rivers.htm.