Final Draft Assessment and Protection Plan Presentation

After two years of work with local residents, land managers, municipalities, community groups, and state and federal agencies, Clackamas SWCD and Cascade Environmental Group are excited to present the final draft assessment and drinking water source area protection plan for the Molalla River. Here’s the video:

This presentation provides an overview of the findings of the assessment and describes describes recommended community actions to ensure continued delivery of high quality drinking water now and into the future.

Once the current assessment efforts are completed on June 30, 2021, Clackamas SWCD will convene members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the broader community to undertake the implementation of recommended actions, which are offered in four two-year phases beginning in 2022 and running through 2029. As better information is gathered through monitoring and analysis, the plan will be modified to better address the challenges in the watershed.

Clackamas SWCD has committed to continued coordination of the TAC, which will meet quarterly to discuss progress and ways to collaborate to address the challenges impacting Molalla River drinking water source area quality. Community engagement and direct involvement will be necessary if the recommended actions in the plan are to be implemented.

The Protection Plan focuses on protecting water before it enters the three municipal water intakes serving the Cities of Canby and Molalla, and the community of Colton. The goal of the project is to keep clean water clean and of high quality for drinking, both now and into the future, by asking funders to invest in the Molalla basin to accomplish planned goals.

Our first chance to bring in resources will likely be for agricultural producers as the grant dollars for the assessment are set up to be followed up with implementation funding if we determine a need and enough interest in water quality projects. Our initial plan is to request funds for agricultural implementation in 2022 after additional data is gathered identify which tributaries are most impactful to drinking water source quality.

If you are considering projects like stream side plantings, irrigation efficiency improvements, or livestock pasture or turnout improvements, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District can discuss how we might be able to help with technical and potentially financial resources. Contact us and we will connect you with one of our conservation planners about your needs.

If you have not already, we encourage you to view the presentation and provide input. We want to be sure we have as broad a range of views about drinking water source quality as possible so that we have the most accurate representation of issues as possible.

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