Participate in a River Cleanup on the ‘Soon-To-Be Wild and Scenic’ Molalla River

American Rivers wants to encourage our members and supporters to volunteer for a river cleanup along the Molalla River. The Molalla River is nestled in the Willamette Valley, only 50 miles from Portland, Oregon. From its headwaters beyond Table Rock Wilderness in the Cascade Range, the crystal-clear and biologically diverse Molalla River tumbles through forests to its confluence with the Willamette River. It is a true remnant of the historical Oregon landscape – a river corridor filled with cedar, hemlock, old-growth Douglas fir forest, and basalt rock canyons. As well as providing clean drinking water for the cities of Molalla and Canby, the river supports a treasure of ecosystems and offers year-round recreational opportunities. It is home to native winter steelhead and salmon runs, an abundance of wildlife, geological wonders and a profusion of recreational opportunities.

American Rivers has been working with the Molalla River Alliance for the past year to achieve Wild and Scenic designation for 22 miles of this Oregon treasure. This legislation passed the House of Representatives in Nov. 2009 and is awaiting passage in the Senate.

Molalla RiverWatch, one of the watersheds groups that is part of the Alliance, is organizing several river cleanups along the Molalla River this spring and summer on April 17, June 12, Aug. 29, and Oct. 16. See the website for more details.  All volunteers are welcome for a fun day helping to cleanup the beautiful Molalla River!

The first event is an Earth Day River Cleanup on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Feyrer Park at 9:00 AM. Please bring gloves and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Directions from Hwy 211 in Molalla – From the east side of Molalla follow signs and Feyrer Park Rd. to Feyrer Park. There will be an afternoon BBQ for volunteers. See the above website for more details.

Find cleanups like these and how to organize your own as part of American Rivers’ National River Cleanup program.