A river in northeast North Carolina could get federal protection if legislation introduced today passes Congress.
The Perquimans River Wild and Scenic Study Act of 2007 would authorize the National Park Service to study the river and its tributaries to determine if they qualify for Wild and Scenic designation. That designation would not affect private property rights or re-zone any land around the river.
North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole co-sponsored the legislation.
The thirty mile, slow-moving river is widely known for its beauty and the senators say it's an important tourist attraction for the area.
Once the National Park Service submits the results of the study to Congress, further legislation will be needed to complete the designation process.