Schrader Introduces bill to preserve Molalla River
Congressman Kurt Schrader, a longtime advocate for the Molalla River, reintroduced HR 1056, the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which would designate a 21-mile stretch of the Molalla River as "recreational" under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Receiving the wild and scenic designation has shown to provide a positive economic, social and cultural boost to the surrounding area.
John Atkins, president of the Molalla River Alliance, is one of many who have been backing the Wild and Scenic status of the river in recent years.
"The Molalla River Alliance and our affiliate organizations applaud Rep. Schrader for his steadfast advocacy in support of Wild and Scenic status for the Molalla River," Atkins said Wednesday. "He has led this initiative from the very start, through three sessions of Congress, and never wavered. We hope that the naming of the upper Molalla River as an Oregon Scenic Waterway by Gov. Kate Brown will boost Rep. Schrader's and our Oregon congressional delegation's efforts to add the Molalla to the nation's honor roll as a Wild and Scenic River."
The Congressman introduced the bill after collaborating with community leaders, law enforcement, local officials, sportsmen, recreational users and citizens of Molalla, who all came together with a shared goal to preserve and protect the river for future generations.
He has since reintroduced the bill every Congress since coming to office, and the bill is cosponsored by fellow Oregonian Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Peter DeFazio.
"The beauty, history and ecosystem of our Molalla River deserve to be protected," Schrader said. "My bill will bring together the local, state and federal agencies, in coordination with those who benefit most from the river – the community. The coordination will allow us to more fully realize the economic benefits of the land, and also help us to preserve and enjoy the river for generations to come."