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Malheur County streams would get federal protection under Senate bill

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 . . .