The Ozark National Scenic Riverways feature clear water flowing from abundant springs and provide some of the Midwest’s best river recreation to more than one million visitors each year.
However, poor management has led to motor vehicles and horses approaching and entering the river wherever they can, destroying vegetation, and causing severe erosion and pollution.
Unless the National Park Service gives the Riverways the protections afforded to the country’s other national parks, the area’s clean water and rare remote experience will be lost.
Tell the National Park Service to protect the Ozark National Scenic Riverways like other national parks.
The Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork, are managed by the National Park Service because of their significance to Missouri and to the country. The Current River provides critical habitat for many species of plants and animals found few other places on Earth, and its striking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage draws visitors from around the world. Last year alone, more than 1.3 million people visited the park to hike and camp, and to boat, canoe, swim and fish on the Current River.
Unfortunately, the Current River we all love is in trouble. Proliferating roads, deteriorating water quality, and torn up trails are taking a terrible toll. Due to this deterioration, American Rivers has listed the Ozark National Scenic Riverways as one of America's Most Endangered Rivers(TM) of 2011. We need a new plan.
I join with American Rivers, Missourians, and people across the nation to urge the National Park Service to carry out a new environmental impact study of the all the roads and trails threatening the health of the river and its wildlife. Furthermore, I am urging that those findings be addressed in a new, forward-looking plan for the Current River.