Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Program

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Pennsylvania

Applies to States or Provinces Pennsylvania
Name Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Program
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector Local

Program Administrator Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction

Last Review 2014-05-16

Information Source


Rivers included in the Scenic Rivers System will be classified, designated and administered as Wild, Scenic, Pastoral, Recreational and Modified Recreational Rivers (Sections 4; (a) (1) of the Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Act). Low dams are permitted on Modified Recreational Rivers, but are not permitted in other classifications. Land use constraints in the watersheds of designated Scenic Rivers is also restricted and subject to the approval of management organizations and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Individual organizations manage each Scenic River through the authorization and oversight of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. For a list of managing organizations, visit:

Policy Contact

Department Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Division Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Program - Managing Organizations


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Act of Dec. 5, 1972, P.L. 1277, No. 283
Date Effective 1972
Date Enacted 1972