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Rules hearing set Sept. 27 for the newly designated Molalla River State Scenic Waterway

Sept. 14, 2016

The draft rules for a portion of the Molalla River recently designated by Governor Brown as a State Scenic Waterway are the topic of a Sept. 27 rules hearing hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Molalla Public Library, 201 E 5th St. The proposed rules focus on classification of river sections and specific management practices to maintain the character of the river in those sections.

A rules advisory committee reviewed the draft management plan and draft rules developed in 2015 for the section of the Molalla between the Table Rock Fork and the Glen Avon Bridge and provided comments on the impact of those rules on both land managers and the public earlier this summer. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the upcoming hearing to provide feedback on the draft rules. Comments will also be accepted in writing until 5 p.m. on Sept. 30 and should be sent to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Attn: Richard Walkoski, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301; or e-mailed to OPRD.publiccomment@oregon.gov . Scenic waterways staff will incorporate input into the draft rules for OPRD commissioners to review later this year.

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. The draft plan, rules and other information are available at http://bit.ly/scenicwaterways. For more information on the rulemaking process, please contact Richard Walkoski at 503-986-0748 or richard.walkoski@oregon.gov.