Text: H.R.4645 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 115-229 (08/02/2018)
[115th Congress Public Law 229]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[[Page 132 STAT. 1629]]
Public Law 115-229
To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of
East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components of the Wild
and Scenic Rivers System. <<NOTE: Aug. 2, 2018 - [H.R. 4645]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: East Rosebud
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. 16 USC 1271 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers
SEC. 2. FINDINGS; PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
(1) East Rosebud Creek is cherished by the people of Montana
and visitors from across the United States for its clean water,
spectacular natural setting, and outstanding recreational
(2) recreational activities, including fishing, hunting,
camping, paddling, hiking, rock climbing, and wildlife watching,
on East Rosebud Creek and the surrounding land generate millions
of dollars annually for the local economy;
(3) East Rosebud Creek--
(A) is a national treasure;
(B) possesses outstandingly remarkable values; and
(C) merits the high level of protection afforded by
the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.)
in order to maintain the benefits provided by the Creek,
as described in paragraphs (1) and (2), for future
generations to enjoy; and
(4) designation of select public land segments of East
Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C.
1271 et seq.) would recognize the importance of maintaining the
values of the Creek while preserving public access, respecting
private property rights, allowing appropriate maintenance of
existing infrastructure, and allowing historical uses of the
Creek to continue.
(b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to designate East Rosebud
Creek in the State of Montana as a component of the National Wild and
Scenic Rivers System to preserve and protect for present and future
generations the outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, and
geologic values of the Creek.
[[Page 132 STAT. 1630]]
SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF WILD AND SCENIC RIVER SEGMENTS.
(a) Designation.--Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16
U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(213) East rosebud creek, montana.--The portions of East
Rosebud Creek in the State of Montana, consisting of--
``(A) the 13-mile segment exclusively on public land
within the Custer National Forest from the source in the
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness downstream to the point at
which the Creek enters East Rosebud Lake, including the
stream reach between Twin Outlets Lake and Fossil Lake,
to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a
wild river; and
``(B) the 7-mile segment exclusively on public land
within the Custer National Forest from immediately
below, but not including, the outlet of East Rosebud
Lake downstream to the point at which the Creek enters
private property for the first time, to be administered
by the Secretary of Agriculture as a recreational
(b) <<NOTE: 16 USC 1274 note.>> Adjacent Management.--
(1) In general.--Nothing in paragraph (213) of section 3(a)
of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) (as added
by subsection (a)) creates a protective perimeter or buffer zone
outside the designated boundary of the river segment designated
by that paragraph.
(2) Outside activities.--The fact that an otherwise
authorized activity or use can be seen or heard within the
boundary of the river segment designated by paragraph (213) of
section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C.
1274(a)) (as added by subsection (a)) shall not preclude the
activity or use outside the boundary of the river segment.
Approved August 2, 2018.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4645 (S. 501):
HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-666 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 115-42 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources)
accompanying S. 501.
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 164 (2018):
July 17, considered and passed House.
July 25, considered and passed Senate.