Counting Fish in the Molalla River and Tributaries

Snorkeler_river USFWS Westcott Phillip

River snorkeling to take fish counts. Westcott Phillip USFWS

Where are you most likely to find salmon, trout and steelhead? Maybe in the stream in your back field!

Join the fun on May 29, 2013 when Molalla River Watch will host a community event to present the results of the snorkel surveys in the Molalla River, Milk Creek and their tributaries. The event will be at the Farmstead Restaurant at Arrowhead Golf Course located at 28313 S Hwy 213, Molalla OR 97038. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Fish Biologist Steve Trask of Bio-Surveys will provide an exciting slide presentation of the 2011 and 2012 snorkel surveys and discuss where steelhead, Chinook and Coho salmon, trout and other species of fish are found throughout the river basin. This is an opportunity to find out what types of fish are in your neighborhood stream.

“We hope landowners and residents will join us to discuss the results of the fish population surveys in the Molalla River, Milk Creek and the major tributaries” said Kay Patteson, Executive Director of the Molalla River Watch Watershed Council. “This is a great opportunity to discuss how we can work together to improve streams and how Molalla River Watch can assist landowners in accomplishing their streamside goals.”

The intent of this study is to establish a baseline population estimate and distribution of fish within the watershed so we are better able to target habitat restoration work for maximum benefit to fish and landowners. The information will also help monitor the effects of restoration and enhancement activities.

A summary report of the 2012 Rapid Bio Assessment will be available at the presentation. The Rapid Bio Assessment snorkel survey was funded by Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Bureau of Land Management Salem District, Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District, Molalla River Improvement District, and Molalla River Watch.
For more information, call Kay at 503-824-2195, email or visit their website.

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