A stretch of the Malheur River outside Vale. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Portions of the Owyhee River in Malheur County and several of its tributaries would be designated “wild and scenic” under legislation pending in the U.S. Senate.
They are among 4,700 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon that would gain federal protection through the Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
Legislation introduced in February by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley incorporates public feedback generated since 2019, with over 15,000 sections of rivers and streams nominated for protection by 2,500 people.
In Malheur County, the proposal would designate “additional segments to the Owyhee River and selected tributaries, segments in the Oregon Canyon Mountains, segments of Succor Creek, and a segment of the lower Malheur . . .