Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree-D, has introduced legislation that advances a years-long effort to designate the York River as a Wild and Scenic River System, a program managed by the National Park Service.
Pingree says the designation could mean more federal funding and technical assistance for the waterway and its tributaries, and she says that being part of the NPS program could help raise the region's profile as a visitor destination.
Some concerns have been raised by property owners, however, fearful that a Wild and Scenic designation for the river and its tributaries might mean a loss of local and owner control.
The designation must be approved by U.S. Congress and signed by the president.
Maine Rep. Jared Golden- D, has signed as co-sponsor.