As the Scenic River System (System) has come under increasing pressure from a variety of interests, the need for improved management through regulation has become critical to safeguard the rivers in the System. Conflicts have intensified between the increasing demands for recreation, land development, wildlife conservation, high quality water supplies, protection of landowner rights and ecological and scenic preservation. At the state, local, and national level there is strong interest in ensuring that the Scenic Rivers are conserved both as irreplaceable elements of Louisiana's rich natural heritage and as resources to be used and enjoyed by local residents and visitors.
Therefore, certain activities which drastically alter the natural and scenic qualities of rivers in the System are prohibited by the State of Louisiana. They are:
II. Channel Realignment
III. Clearing and Snagging
V. Commercial clear-cutting of timber within 100 feet of the low water mark