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Comment on falls before Congress weighs in


The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition seeks public input on the draft of its feasibility study for the proposed Willamette Falls National Heritage Area.

Draft copies of its long-awaited feasibility study are available through Sept. 23 for perusal and comment on the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition website wfheritage.org, or at the public libraries in Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Tualatin and West Linn.

When the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition incorporates all of the suggested changes and additions from the public comment period, it will be ready to present the study to Congress, which locals hope will approve designating the Willamette Falls area as an official National Heritage Area. Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition members are delighted that U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader will introduce the National Heritage Area bill for approval in the House of Representatives, and Sen. Jeff Merkley will introduce the legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Congress designates National Heritage Areas as places where natural, cultural and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. This designation would be locally managed and wouldn’t affect zoning or land use.

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