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Newark Post: Law expands protected area of White Clay Creek

Approximately 9 miles of White Clay Creek and its tributaries have been added to the existing Wild and Scenic Rivers designation for the waterway, after a bill to protect the area was signed by President Barack Obama last month. The measure includes adding additional stream segments to the existing White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. First introduced in 2009 by former Senator Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), it was passed twice by the Senate but failed to clear the House of Representatives.

It was reintroduced in 2014 by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.-16) as part of a package of land bills included in the National Defense Authorization Act and passed both the House and the Senate in December. President Barack Obama signed the bill on Dec. 19.

In 2000, Congress designated 190 miles of White Clay Creek and its tributaries as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

At no cost to taxpayers, the expansion bill will widen the original designation to include approximately 9 miles of two small stream sections that were omitted from the original designation, including a 1.6-mile stretch of Lamborn Run in New Castle County and a 7.4-mile stream in New Garden Township, Pa.