Help Cleanup the “Soon to be Wild and Scenic” Molalla River
I like to think of the Molalla River as the prettiest river you’ve never heard of. It’s truly a hidden gem, originating in the headwaters of the Table Rock Wilderness and tumbling through old growth forest on its way to join the Willamette River, 50 miles from Portland, Oregon. Its cold waters provide drinking water for 20,000 local residents, and it is critical habitat for winter steelhead and other salmon and fish species. We have been working closely for a couple of years with the Molalla River Alliance to designate 22 miles of this beautiful river as “Wild and Scenic”. Last November, this legislation passed the House of Representatives, thanks to the support of Congressman Kurt Schrader. We are now waiting on the Senate to act and pass this Wild and Scenic bill. With all the local support the river has, it’s only a matter of time.
If you’ve never seen the Molalla River please come to the Molalla River Fall Cleanup Event happening on Saturday, October 16th at 9 am at Feyrer Park, near Molalla. There will be an afternoon BBQ after the cleanup. This event is registered with our National River Cleanup™ program. For more information, please visit www.molallariverwatch.org (see “News Events”) or contact Kay Patteson at (503) 824 2195 or [email protected]. It’s a great way to see this special river and help clean up America’s Great Outdoors in the process!