First Sampling Efforts Completed

Over the past 4 months, Clackamas SWCD and Molalla River Watch conducted turbidity and bacteria sampling during storm events to get preliminary data to inform further monitoring and outreach to landowners.

We sampled 4 times for turbidity at 18 locations and 3 times at 3 locations for E. coli, choosing sites that would give us a better indication of where sediment and bacteria might be coming from within the watershed. Our goal is to identify where we’ll get the biggest returns for an investment of time and resources when we begin work.

We’ll be processing the data we collected over the next few week and will hold another Technical Advisory Team meeting to have them review findings and determine where additional monitoring could further identify potential sources of sediment, bacteria, and other pollutants of concern.

This is an exciting first step toward working voluntarily with landowners and other water users in the Molalla watershed to ensure there continues to be high quality drinking water for years to come.

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