DCR considers scenic river designation

Published 10:16 am Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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The Charlotte County Board of Supervisors (BOS) adopted a resolution at its Dec. 11 meeting in support of designating a section of the Staunton River from the U.S. Route 360 Bridge near Clover to the Staunton River State Park, approximately 11 miles in length, as a scenic river.

According to County Administrator Daniel Witt, the next step is to request that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) consider the resolution at its January 2020 board meeting and request the county’s representatives take this to the 2020 legislative session, requesting that Section 10.1-413 A of the Code of Virginia be amended to designate the section of the Staunton River as a scenic river.

In July, the BOS requested that the DCR evaluate the section of the Staunton River for designation as a scenic river under the Virginia Scenic Rivers Act of 1970.

According to Witt, DCR completed their evaluation and determined the section of the Staunton River could appropriately be designated as a scenic river.

Virginia Scenic Rivers Program was enacted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1970 for the purpose of identification, protection and preservation of certain rivers or sections of rivers, which possess high-quality natural beauty.