Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) 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 this designation has shown to provide a positive economic, social and cultural boost to the surrounding local area.
“The beauty, history and ecosystem of our Molalla River deserve to be protected,” said Rep. Schrader. “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.”
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.