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Advisory Committee meets April 20 for the proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway

April 14, 2015

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is responsible for administering the State Scenic Waterways Program, which is designed to protect the existing scenic, natural and recreation values of 20 designated waterways throughout the state. OPRD is directed by statute (ORS 390.855) to periodically study new waterways for potential inclusion in the program. OPRD completed a study of a reach of the Molalla River in 2014. Based on the study's evaluation of eligibility and public input finding, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission directed OPRD to pilot test a draft management plan prior to forwarding their recommendation of the Molalla River to the governor.

The draft scenic waterway management plan advisory committee is meeting to kick off the draft management plan on April 20, 2015 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library (201 E.5th St, Molalla). This is an advisory committee work session, but the public is invited to observe. The draft scenic waterway management plan will review the existing conditions of the proposed portion of the Molalla River and recommend the assignment of scenic waterway classifications for segments of the river. There are (6) types of scenic waterways classifications. The definition allows for management goals to be established for each segment based off of classification and other management recommendations.

For more information about the meeting or about the proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway, please contact Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 / rocky.houston@oregon.gov or Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 / laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov.