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1 LOUISIANA’S (add your state and pictures here) NATURAL AND SCENIC RIVERS Amite RiverWhiskey Chitto Creek Pushepatapa Creek

2 NATURAL AND SCENIC RIVERS (add information regarding your state’s scenic river initiatives or other initiative relavent to water issues)  The Louisiana Natural & Scenic Rivers System is one of the nation’s largest, oldest, most diverse, and unique state river protection initiatives  It currently includes 52 streams, rivers, bayous, stream complexes and segments thereof, totaling over 1700 miles  Additions or deletions to the Scenic River System are made by the LA Legislature

3 NATURAL AND SCENIC RIVERS  Created by the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers Act in the early 1970’s –Outlined requirements for a river to be included –Established a regulatory program –Empowered the Secretary of the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to administer the system through regulation and permits

4 ACTIVITIES REQUIRING A PERMIT  Bridge, pipeline, and powerline crossings  Bulkheads, piers, docks, and ramps  Waste water discharges  Land development adjacent to the river  Prospecting and mining natural resources  Water withdrawal for irrigation  Aerial application of pesticides & fertilizers to fields adjacent to scenic streams

5 ACTIVITIES REQUIRING NOTIFICATION OF THE LA OFFICE OF FORESTRY  Selective harvest in 100 foot buffer of the low water mark of a state scenic stream  Cutting trees for insect and/or disease control  Harvesting trees for personal use by the person who owns or leases the property

6 BUT  Disposal of trees or treetops into a Scenic River is a violation of both the State Water Pollution Control Act and the Scenic Rivers Act  The riparian landowner is liable for a violation of this nature regardless of who actually placed the trees or tops into the stream

7 ACTIVITIES PROHIBITED BY THE STATE OF LOUISIANA  Channelization  Clearing and Snagging  Impoundments  Commercial clearcutting of timber within 100 feet of the low water mark

8 PENALTIES  Civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation. Each day on which a violation occurs shall be a separate offense.  Criminal penalties for first, second, and third and subsequent offenses.

9 Spring Creek

10 Bayou Cocodrie

11 CONTACTS  Keith Cascio Scenic Rivers Coordinator La. Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries 368 CenturyTel Drive Monroe, LA Office: ext. 4 (add local contact information here.)


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