Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Rivers

Since 2010 the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and its partners have been working to get national recognition of the Outstandingly Remarkable Values of seven rivers in southeastern New England – the Beaver, Chipuxet, Green Falls, Pawcatuck, Queen, Shunock, and Wood Rivers. These amazing rivers offer exceptional recreational opportunities for paddlers, birders, fisherman, and anyone who enjoys scenic waterways. They contain thousands of acres of wetlands providing habitat for a high diversity of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. More rare and endangered species are found in the rivers of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed than anywhere else in the region. In addition, historic mills, villages, and other structures can be found scattered along the shoreline.

By identifying and verifying the values of these seven rivers, the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Study Committee plans to have these special rivers designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

What is a Wild and Scenic River?

From the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

...certain selected rivers of the Nation which possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved and protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations...

The Wood-Pawcatuck Wild & Scenic Rivers Study will answer two questions:

  • What is special about the Rivers? (Outstandingly Remarkable Values)
  • How will we protect “what’s special” about the river for future generations? (River Stewardship/Conservation Plan)