Legislature passes measure supporting federal York River designation

February 27, 2020

 Reps. Lydia Blume, D-York, Patty Hymanson, D-York, Michelle Meyer, D-Eliot, and Deane Rykerson, D-Kittery and Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-Eliot, welcome members of the York River Wild and Scenic Study Committee to the State House Tuesday to support federal designation of the York River as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

AUGUSTA – The Maine State Senate gave unanimous approval Thursday to a Joint Resolution, sponsored by Rep. Lydia Blume, D-York, and co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-Eliot, and Reps. Patty Hymanson, D-York, Michelle Meyer, D-Eliot, Tiffany Roberts, D-South Berwick, and Deane Rykerson, D-Kittery, which supports federal designation of the York River as a part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The measure was passed by the Maine House on Tuesday.

Inclusion of the York River in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System requires the approval of Congress and will give the communities along the waterway access to federal financial and technical assistance to preserve it in its natural state. The Joint Order states the Legislature’s official support for Congress granting the York River and its tributaries status as part of the national system.

Contact:

Katie Walsh [Blume, Hymanson, Meyer, Roberts, Rykerson], 287-1436, c. 776-2122

Photo: Reps. Lydia Blume, D-York, Patty Hymanson, D-York, Michelle Meyer, D-Eliot, and Deane Rykerson, D-Kittery and Sen. Mark Lawrence, D-Eliot, welcome members of the York River Wild and Scenic Study Committee to the State House Tuesday to support federal designation of the York River as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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