Wild and Scenic Rivers
Currently, there are no designated Wild and Scenic Rivers within the Diamond Mountain resource area.
The upper Green River flows between Flaming Gorge Dam and the Utah-Colorado state line, a distance of approximately 30 miles. In 1980, an interagency team analyzed the upper Green River and recommended it suitable for designation as a scenic river under the criteria establishes by the Wild and Scenic River Act (National Park Service, 1980). No further action has been taken by the Secretary of Interior on this recommendation.
The middle and lower Green River segments flow between the southern boundary of the Dinosaur National Monument near Jensen, Utah, down to the southern boundary of the resource area at the Uintah-Carbon county line, a distance of approximately 102 miles. These segments have been determined eligible for designation into the NWSRS. A preliminary analysis suggests the middle Green River segment between Dinosaur National Monument and the public land boundary north of Ouray, Utah, meets the criteria for a recreation river, and the lower Green River segment between the public land boundary south of Ouray and the Carbon county line, a scenic river.
All three of these river segments are currently being managed to protect the identified outstandingly and/or remarkable values for waters eligible for further study as a wild and scenic river. In addition, two segments of Nine Mile Creek and one segment of Argyle Creek has been determined eligible for designation.
Argyle Creek and the upper segment of Nine Mile Creek have been assigned preliminary classification as Recreational rivers, while the lower Nine Mile segment received a Scenic preliminary classification.
The above river segments are being managed to protect the outstandingly remarkable values that make them eligible for designation.
Vernal is home to two river segments that are being considered for designation as Wild and Scenic Rivers (WSRs). They are:
For more information on WSRs please visit the state web page.