Monday, April 21, 2014
A proposal by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st, for a federal study to determine whether the York River is eligible to designated a Wild and Scenic Partnership River by the National Park Service will get a House hearing later this morning, beginning at 10 a.m..
Pingree and Maryann Minard, director of curriculum for the York School Department, will testify.
In addition to a federal study, which Pingree’s bill would authorize funding, community input would determine whether the York River gets placed on the wild and scenic list. That designation would make it possible to seek federal funding for such activities as preserving and restoring fish habitats, according to Pingree’s office. The designation also would require a federal review of river projects such as dredging or erecting a dam, but would not limit private development or activity on private property along the river, Pingree says.
The study would cost up to $500,000 and could take two to three years, according to Pingree's office.
The hearing is before a House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee on national forests, parks and public lands.
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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