President Obama has just named the Taunton River -- which runs from Bridgewater to the Atlantic -- the nation's newest Wild & Scenic River. This designation recognizes the tremendous progress made in restoring this historic and beautiful river. It also results from many years of study and advocacy by local activists and professionals, including several of my friends and associates with connections to Bridgewater State College and the Natural Resources Trust of Bridgewater, which I once served as a director.
The Wild & Scenic designation sometimes causes alarm, because people assume it carries draconian restrictions on land use. In reality, the river's new status would only impose limitations on major, federally-funded projects such as new dams, which are highly unlikely. The designation does, however, make proposals for environmental protection projects automatically more competitive.
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard on this -- the next chapter in this river's history promises to be even brighter.