Violation of scenic easements. On more than 9000 acres of land within the Riverways the Park Service used taxpayer funds to purchase legal easements in order to maintain the scenic and natural character of the river corridor, while still allowing private ownership and use. Such easements work well when properly monitored and enforced. On the Riverways the Park Service has allowed many properties under easement to be improved, expanded, and traded. The visual integrity along a number of stretches of the Riverways has been degraded.
The Park Service must reform its administration of the publicly-owned easements on the Riverways, correct past abuses, and prevent future ones.