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Governance

  • Inclusion in the National Blueways System does not change governance in any National Blueway, nor does it affect water rights or private property rights
  • Participation in the National Blueways System is entirely voluntary and locally led

  • The System as a whole is governed by the National Blueways System Committee, that:

    • Makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior on recognizing National Blueways

    • Oversees the development of National Blueways criteria and the assessment and recognition of new National Blueways

    • Coordinates and promotes support for National Blueways

    • Reports to the Secretary of the Interior on the progress and accomplishments of the National Blueways System

See the Secretarial Order that created the National Blueways System.

  • Current Members of the National Blueways System Committee, include representatives of:

    • Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey

    • the Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretaries of Fish, Wildlife and Parks;Indian Affairs; Land and Minerals Management; Policy, Management and Budget; and Water and Science

    • the Secretary of Agriculture

    • the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

Additional federal departments and agencies will be invited to join the NBS Committee that have sponsored and/or entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to support a NBS watershed.

  • The Secretaries of Interior, Agriculture, and Army (Civil Works) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to build and sustain the National Blueways System


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