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17 Pa. Code § 41.1. Eligibility for inclusion in State Scenic River System.

§ 41.1. Eligibility for inclusion in State Scenic River System.

 (a)  In evaluating a river for possible inclusion in the State Scenic River System, or in determining its classification, the river and its immediate land area will be considered as a unit with primary emphasis upon the quality of the experience and overall impressions of the recreationist using the river or the adjacent riverbank. Although the river and its environment may reflect some, or substantial, evidence of man’s activity, they should be generally pleasing to the eye.

 (b)  In order to be eligible for inclusion in the State Scenic River System the following conditions shall be met:

   (1)  A river and its environment shall possess one or more of the following values:

     (i)   Outstandingly remarkable wild features having minimal perceptible human influence.

     (ii)   Outstandingly remarkable scenic example of the grandeur of our river heritage.

     (iii)   Outstandingly remarkable recreational value particularly suitable for widest range of outdoor recreation or superlative for specific activities.

     (iv)   Outstandingly remarkable geological features significantly illustrating geologic processes.

     (v)   Outstandingly remarkable for the quality of its fishery, wildlife and/or vegetative cover by reason of the existing resource value or its potential.

     (vi)   Outstandingly remarkable historical value from events associated with the river or its environs.

     (vii)   Outstandingly remarkable cultural value by reason of the influence of the river on local-regional-State traditions.

     (viii)   Outstandingly remarkable scientific value by containing evidence that illustrates important scientific discoveries.

   (2)  To be included, a river shall meet State W & S River classification criteria. A river with poor quality, that is, below State water quality standards, shall be capable of improvement to acceptable State standards for consideration in the State River System. Wild, Scenic, Pastoral, Recreational or Modified Recreational rivers can be considered for future inclusion in the State Water Plan if improvement potential is evident.


   The provisions of this §  41.1 adopted May 31, 1974, effective June 1, 1974, 4 Pa.B. 1104; amended August 13, 1982, effective August 14, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 2683; renumbered from 25 Pa. Code §  11.1, June 7, 1996, effective June 8, 1996, 26 Pa.B. 2707. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (169951) to (169952).

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