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Public Law No: 115-229 (08/02/2018)

 
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Public Law 115-229
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
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 
Act''.
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 
        opportunities;
            (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.

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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 
                river.''.

    (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):
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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.

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