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Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District sets live online session on May 13 to talk water quality

MOLALLA/CANBY — The Molalla River will be the subject of an informational online gathering Wednesday, May 13.

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host the live presentation and listening session focused on Molalla River drinking water source quality from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via streaming.

FILE PHOTO - What impacts the drinking water quality of the Molalla River for the communities that depend on it? Information and questions about the issue will be part of the May 13 online streaming presentation event.Lisa Kilders, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District education and outreach program manager, said that the public is encouraged to participate in the presentation, after which individuals will be able to provide input.

The presentation will be recorded for those who are unable to attend and input can be given through the Molalla River Drinking Water Project website at molallariverdrinkingwater.com/

To join the discussion and listening session, join the Zoom meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/94736578167 (Meeting ID: 947 3657 8167). If those interested would like to listen by phone, the number is 1-253-215-8782.

About the Molalla River Drinking Water Project

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.PMG PHOTO - A live presentation on Molalla River drinking water source quality will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.

The 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 the 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," explained Kilders.

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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