Public Input Sought on Molalla River Assessment and Action Plan

Molalla River near Canby

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District will host a live online presentation and listening session regarding the final draft of the Molalla River drinking water source quality Assessment and Action Plan on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. over web conference.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting. Findings on drinking water source quality and the recommended actions and outcomes will be presented. Feedback from the public will be welcomed.

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Topic: Molalla River Drinking Water Project Public Presentation and Listening Session
Time: Jun 16, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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The Molalla River is a popular spot for recreation during the summer.

The Molalla River Watershed provides drinking water to residents of Colton, Molalla and Canby.

Why Should I Attend This Meeting?

Under the title of the “Molalla River Drinking Water Project”, the Clackamas SWCD has worked over a two-year period to engage with municipalities, agencies, landowners, conservation groups, and community members in the Molalla River watershed. In the process they have identified current and potential future issues affecting drinking water source quality and developed related actions to preserve drinking water quality now and in the future.

Both the Covid-19 pandemic and catastrophic wildfires have impacted the outcomes of the effort to assess the watershed. The pandemic made public engagement a challenge, while last summer’s wildfires in the watershed required a rethinking of the timelines and watershed priorities. The final draft includes an assessment of the impact of the fire. This public presentation will allow us to engage the public one last time before the plan is finalized at the end of June.

Additional information about the Molalla River Drinking Water Project, including the full assessment, maps, and action plan, can be found on the project website: https://molallariverdrinkingwater.com or on the Clackamas SWCD website: https://conservationdistrict.org .

What is the Molalla River Drinking Water Project?

The Molalla River Watershed provides water to residents in Colton, Molalla, and Canby.

Clackamas SWCD provides technical advice to landowners in Clackamas County to solve natural resource-related issues and is sponsoring the Molalla River Drinking Water Project with the assistance of Cascade Environmental Group LLC.

The Molalla River Drinking Water Project is an effort to better understand issues affecting drinking water quality for approximately 26,000 people whose drinking water is drawn directly from the Molalla River. Project sponsors are seeking input from members of the public about their perceptions of drinking water source quality and issues of concern.

While the project focuses on water entering municipal intakes in City of Canby, City of Molalla, and the community of Colton, it assesses factors across the entire Molalla River watershed above the City of Canby’s water intake that have potential to impact drinking water source quality.

Using National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) grant dollars from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Clackamas SWCD is pairing current and historical information with input from the public, land managers, agencies, and community organizations to tell the story of drinking water quality in the Molalla Watershed. The final report will describe where investment of resources will bring the biggest return for drinking water source quality protection and improvement.

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