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house Bill H.R. 412

A Conservation Study for a Massachusetts River

Argument in favor

Strong local and state support that helps advance protection of the full of the Nashua.

Argument opposed

Concerns that the federal designation might alter land use adjacent to the river.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
      National Parks
  • The house Passed June 23rd, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 23rd, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 412?

This bill would direct the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a "Wild and Scenic River Study" that develops a conservation plan for a 19-mile stretch of Massachusetts' Nashua River. The river, at one time, ranked among the nation's most polluted. According to the Nashua Watershed Association

A Wild and Scenic River Study is a congressionally authorized Study to determine whether a particular river segment is eligible and suitable for designation as a nationally recognized Wild and Scenic River.  The Study is based on the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed by Congress to provide a mechanism to protect and restore the nation's best rivers for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. Presently, 160 rivers have been designated in 36 states...


The bill impacts Massachusetts' Nashua River, in addition to two of the river's tributaries, the Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 412

$300.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that the study the bill outlines would cost $300,000 over the next three years.

More Information


The Groton Line (Please note that this article refers to the introduction of the 2012 bill, not the current bill. In regard to content, the two bills are the same.) 


Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act

Official Title

To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.

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