CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming's congressional delegation is opposing the federal National Blueways System program for rivers.
The U.S. Interior Department says the program seeks to promote conservation and recreation on rivers and will not change private property or water rights.
But Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis said in a statement that the program is a federal "power grab" because it was created by a secretarial order and bypassed Congress.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the Wyoming delegation disagreed with the designation process, saying they believe it doesn't include people on the ground in Wyoming.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/12NKkyo) that no Wyoming rivers or watersheds are part of the Blueways program.
However, representatives of the state's delegation say the program could eventually affect Wyoming rivers.