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The Molalla River Drinking Water Project plans a presentation and listening session over the web on June 16.

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 Wednesday, June 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. over web conference.

The link will be posted on the group's website at https://conservationdistrict.org or https://molallariverdrinkingwater.com or you can call 503-210-6000.

Findings on drinking water source quality and the recommended actions and outcomes will be presented. Feedback from the public will be welcomed.

COURTESY PHOTO: CATHY MCQUEENY - The Molala River drinking water survey and information are ready for presentation and feedback during a June 16 web event.

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 Clackamas SWCD to engage the public one last time before the plan is finalized the end of June.

COURTESY PHOTO: NICOLE AHR - What does the future look for the water that towns like Canby, Molalla and Colton rely on to drink. A June 16 web event will look at those issues.

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 .

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 the cities of Canby and Molalla, as well as 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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