1976 Scorecard Vote
(H.R. 13372) Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Amendments: The vote is on passage of the bill to add a 26 mile stretch of the New River in North Carolina and Virginia to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This would prevent the Federal Power Commission from allowing construction of a giant pumped storage dam to be used for power generation by the American Electric Power Company, a private utility. The New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the world, with unique geological features, historical value, and excellent fishing and whitewater canoeing. The dam would have left more than 3,000 people homeless and was fought bitterly by farmers, fishermen and conservationists. The President supported the legislation. August 30, 1976. Passed 69-16. The correct vote is yes.