A federal appeals court has upheld the
dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to invalidate a state law that
guarantees motor vehicle access points and makes permanent bridges
along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
Charles FitzGerald of Atkinson and Kenneth Cline of Bar Harbor
contend a 2006 state law conflicts with the Wild and Scenic Rivers
Act, a federal law under which Allagash was designated a wild river
area in 1970.
The law, which was hotly debated in the Legislature, designated
six bridges in the waterway as permanent structures. It also
guaranteed 11 motor vehicle access points to the river.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled that it’s
up to the state determine how best to meet the objectives of the
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.