- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Federal legislation that protects several rivers in Connecticut and Rhode Island has been signed into law by President Donald Trump.

Trump on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan public lands package to protect more than 1.3 million acres, 2,600 miles of new national trails, and 367 miles of new scenic rivers, including U.S. Sen. Jack Reed’s Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic River Act.

The Rhode Island Democrat says securing the federal “wild and scenic” designation is a win for the state and will help preserve the entire watershed and help more federal conservation funds flow to the state.

The legislation includes parts of seven rivers: the Beaver, Chipuxet, Green Fall-Ashaway, Queen-Usquepaugh, Pawcatuck, Shunock, and Wood rivers in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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