Tennessee law allows for special protections for exceptional Tennessee Waters while preserving landowner's rights. Tennessee law preserves private ownership to the "bed and bank" of waterways flowing through private land. Trespass law, for instance, applies to the banks of a stream, islands and the bed of a stream. Legally this means that fishermen are trespassing if they walk up a stream without the property owner's permission. None of that changes with Scenic River designation. This is an excellent tool for promoting and protecting our streams.

The push for designation came about from the support of local landowners and with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, American Whitewater, and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation assisted in preparing the bill filed by The Nature Conservancy. Senator Ken Yager and Representative Ron Travis introduced SB2520/HB2566. The State Scenic River designation provides protection to the river without impacting property rights. The designation also promotes public awareness about river stewardship and long-term protection of the river and its corridor.

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