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Public meeting July 20 for proposed Molalla River Scenic Waterway

July 6, 2015

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold an open house public meeting about the potential designation of a portion of the Molalla River as a State Scenic Waterway. The proposed section runs from the Table Rock Fork to Glen Avon Bridge. The meeting will be July 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th St., Molalla.

The intent of the meeting is to learn about scenic waterways and review the nonbinding draft management plan for the Molalla River. Comments will be accepted at the meeting, as well as via email and mail from July 14 through Aug. 19.

Scenic waterways staff will incorporate public comments into a report for OPRD Commissioners to review. The governor will make the final decision on designation in December. If the river is designated, OPRD will host additional meetings to gather public comments before finalizing a management plan and initiating rule-making.

The State Scenic Waterways Program seeks to balance protection of natural resources, scenic value and recreation. Scenic waterway designations do not affect existing water rights.

Written comments can be submitted by email to scenic.waterways@oregon.gov or mailed to OPRD Scenic Waterways Program, 725 Summer St. Suite C, Salem, OR 97301.

The draft plan, meeting materials and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information, contact Laurel Hillmann at (503) 986-0700 or laurel.hillmann@oregon.gov or Rocky Houston at (503) 986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.