Resources from the PWSR Toolkit

Use this page to quickly find links within the Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers (PWSR) Toolkit. Please share your feedback on the toolkit in this brief survey.


Learn about the Partnership Wild and Scenic River Program
Build Your Team
Initiate Outreach
Document Community Support
Navigating Congressional Engagement


PWSR Study Overview
Funding and Cooperative Agreements
  • York River PWSR Study Budget
Starting Your Study
Eligibility and Suitability Assessments
River Management Plan
Outreach / Public Engagement
Local Endorsements
NPS WSR Study Report
Designation Bill Introduction in Congress
  • River designation bills introduced in Congress for recent PWSR designations are listed in this TABLE.
  • The status and progress of bills that have been introduced can be tracked online on Congress.gov.


How does your river become designated as a PWSR?
  1. Variability in PWSR Legislation 
  2. Legislation drafted by Congress
  3. Annotated Taunton WSR Legislation
  4. VT Designation Legislation
  5. Nashua River Designation Legislation
  6. Lamprey Legislation
  7. Rivers.gov
  8. Congressional Support
  9. Continued Education
What are the PWSR Designation Stories?
  1. National Park Service PWSR website - nps.gov/pwsr
  2. National Wild and Scenic Rivers System website - rivers.gov
  3. 50th Anniversary WSR videos
How does the designation get implemented?
  1. Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Stewardship Council 
  2. Taunton River Stewardship Council
  3. Taunton River post-designation Wild and Scenic Committee
What are some suggestions for post-designation management councils?
  1. Roles for council volunteers
  2. Bylaws for management council
How are management plans (CRMPs) successfully updated?
  1. Presentation: Developing, Updating and Implementation of CRMPs
  2. WSR River Management Plans
  3. PWSR websites
  4. Sudbury, Assabet and Concord river management plan
What about funding?
  1. NPS.gov
  2. FY (Fiscal Year) 2017 Greenbook
  3. FY2018 Greenbook section on PWSRs 
  4. Digital copy of the Greenbook on the NPS Budget webpage
  5. Wild and Scenic Rivers Coalition
  6. Letter to the House
  7. Letter to the Senate
  8.  White paper on PWSRs
  9. Budget Request to Support New Areas and Critical Responsibilities
How is funding used?
  1. Post-designation Advisory Committees draft workplans
  2. Highlights of accomplishments
  3. NPS.gov 
  4. Grants.gov
  5. Director’s Order #20 
  6. Cooperative Agreements
  7. Example of a Cooperative Agreement for a Partnership Wild and Scenic River
  8. Funds to hire local staff support
  9. Use and economic impact surveys
In addition to potential federal funding, what are some benefits of designation (includes Section 7 review)?
  1. Hydropower and NPS web page
  2. PDF explaining use of flowchart
  3. Section 7 flow chart
  4. Intro to Section 7
  5. Section 7 and a Broader NEPA Analysis
What are some examples of positive effects of PWSR designation?
  1. 20 Years of Success Report
  2. Annual Reports
  3. Accomplishments
  4. 20 Years of Progress
What are examples of successful river management projects?

Promoting Outreach and Education

    1. Riverfest 
    2. Educational events on the Great Egg Harbor Bay
    3. Delaware River Sojourn
    4. Goddard Park rain gardens
    5. Wild and Scenic River Junior River Ranger activity sheet / Spanish
    6. Partner Spotlight and Designation Origin Story
    7. Partner Spotlight- Women of Wild and Scenic VT
    8. Partnership Spotlight - Highlighting River Partnerships on the Taunton River
    9. Riverfest
    10. Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers
    11. Riverfest 2019
    12. Remote Riverfest During COVID
    13. Riverschools
    14. Preservation of this watershed's open space
    15. Terrapin research
Improving Relevancy, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Supporting Community/Citizen Science

    1. Lamprey River Blanding’s turtle research
    2. Trips for students from local schools
    3. Mercury Testing nationwide study
    4. Bugworks programs
    5. Mercury testing on the Maurice River
    6. Dragonfly Mercury Project
    7. NPS' Partner Spotlight

Strengthen Partnerships and Historic and Cultural Resources

  1. Tell All Americans’ Stories
  2. Rethink Outside Webinar
    1. Restoration of the Asbury Grist Mill
    2. Farmington River Quilt 

Creating Climate Resiliency

    1. US Climate Resilience Toolkit
    2. Fostering Community Leadership Toolkit
    3. OARS
    4. MASS ECAN
    5. Impacts of climate change
    6. Watershed-scale collaboration
    7. SuAsCo Watershed

Protecting Lands

    1. Fred Akers' work to protect this Key Acre through Green Acres
    2. Forest Legacy Program (FLP)
    3. Conserve and protect 75 miles of rivers and streams

Restoring Rivers and Water Quality

    1. Degraded Site on the West Branch of the Farmington River
    2. Wekiva River Ambassador program
    3. Taunton River marsh migration
    4. Dam removal to restore free-flow of the river
    5. Cleanup Summary Form
    6. Litter Tally Sheet
    7. Musconetcong Watershed Association's River Cleanups
    8. Musconetcong River
    9. Musconetcong River
    10. Dam removal
    11. Dam Removal on White Clay Creek
    12. Catch the Rain Program
    13. Water quality of Great Egg Harbor
    14. Success using a living shoreline
    15. SuAsCo River Report Card
    16. Bank stabilization project on Mill Brook
    17. Success managing invasive species on the Westfield
    18. Stewardship

Enhancing Recreation

    1. 20 Years of Success report
    2. PWSR Video River Connections
    3. Richard H. Goodwin Multi-use Trail
    4. Sudbury, Assabet & concord group
    5. Lamprey Public Canoe Access
    6. Lamprey Wiswall Park
    7. Musconetcong Island Park
    8. Lamprey River
    9. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
    10. Delaware River Sojourn
    11. Increase public awareness about access points
    12. How paddling helps protect the rivers
    13. How the railroad helped protect the river

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