Schrader Legislation to Preserve Molalla River Heads to the President’s Desk
Today, Congress passed the bipartisan lands package, S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which includes Congressman Kurt Schrader’s legislation to designate a 21-mile stretch of the Molalla River as “recreational” under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
“I am proud to have introduced and worked on this Wild and Scenic designation in collaboration with so many dedicated members of the Molalla community back home,” said Rep. Schrader. “For over a decade, we have been working to pass this legislation and designate the Molalla River as a Wild and Scenic recreational river. The idea was born out of a small gathering of local river stewards and Molalla residents, who were looking to protect their river, preserve essential fish habitat, and aid their local economy by increasing tourism. I thank my colleagues for their support today and for all of the hard work that has gone into preserving the beauty, history, and ecosystem of the river for generations come.”
Receiving the recreational designation has shown to provide a positive economic, social, and cultural impact to local communities. Congressman Schrader introduced his legislation, titled the Molalla River Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, during his first term in the 111th Congress 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. The bill passed in the House during that Congress and Rep. Schrader has reintroduced each Congress since. Oregonian Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici and Peter DeFazio are original cosponsors of the bill in the 116thCongress.
The package passed with overwhelming bipartisan support earlier this month in the Senate and today in the House. The bipartisan public lands package also includes a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).