The York River as seen in this Portsmouth Herald file photo. Credit: Rich Beauchesne | Portsmouth Herald

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Town councilors endorsed designation of the York River and its tributaries as a federal Partnership Wild and Scenic River at its Tuesday meeting.

With the council’s support, the York River Stewardship Committee can now move forward in working with members of Maine’s congressional delegation to achieve the scenic river status. The federal designation will enable towns bordering the river to access federal funding to protect and maintain the river and its watershed for recreation, fisheries, water quality preservation and similar purposes.

Council Chairman Jack Kareckas thanked Jean Dementracopoulos for her efforts as South Berwick’s representative to the study committee.

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