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Welcome to MolallaRiverWatch.org. Molalla River Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
created in 1992 by a group of local citizens for the purpose of protecting,
preserving, and restoring the flora, fauna and water quality of the Molalla
River and its tributaries. Concerned with the excessive amount of garbage
dumped along the river bank and often into the river, we are committed
to promoting respect and understanding of the Molalla River watershed
through education and conservation for present and future generations.
The membership is composed of a diverse group of local people. Our common
bond is a love for the Molalla and the beauty and recreational activities
In 2009, OWEB recognized Molalla River Watch as the Molalla River Watershed Council. Read the Press Release...
|Saturday April 18, 2015 – Molalla River Cleanup and Corridor Enhancement
Our river cleanup is part of the statewide SOLVE IT EarthDay Event
Meet at Feyrer Park near Molalla at 9 AM. Volunteers can register on-site, or you can pre-register on the SOLVE website
Bring gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Volunteers will disperse to the Molalla River Corridor and other public river access areas near Molalla for river cleanup, trailwork or enhancement activities.
Return to Feyrer Park in the afternoon for the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ.
2015 MRW Earth Day Event Flyer (PDF)
During our Fall 2014 River Cleanup and Enhancement event, Scout Troop 161 (pictured) helped plant 155 native trees & shrubs while other volunteers scoured the river and roads to pick up trash in the Molalla River Corridor.
Molalla River Watch Celebrating 20+ Years!
In 1992, Molalla River Watch adopted 12 miles of the Molalla River in the Molalla
River Corridor through the SOLVE Adopt-A-River program and has been coordinating two
annual river cleanups for 20+ years.
April 2015 – Spring Newsletter
You can read all about our recent projects in our newsletter, Splashes from the Molalla River
. Find out about fish surveys, knotweed removal, creek restorations, celebrations and fun facts.
We are also excited to introduce our new Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro!
Check out the Spring Newsletter (PDF)
February 2015 – Have You Seen this Frog?
ODFW and Molalla River Watch are looking for habitats with amphibian egg masses, frogs, salamanders, and/or turtles to record their range and identify potential restoration projects. Molalla River Watch can help landowners find funds for habitat improvement projects to provide high quality aquatic habitats for native frogs and turtles to thrive. Molalla River Watch is committed to assisting local landowners in accomplishing their wildlife habitat and pond/streamside property goals. Read more in the Survey Description (PDF)
or in The Molalla Pioneer
Threatened Minnow Found In Molalla River Basin:
"ODFW’s Native Fish Investigations Program recently teamed up with the Molalla River Watch. The result – the first sighting of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette basin in 60 years. ... Historically, Oregon chub occupied the Willamette River from the mouth of the Clackamas to the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River. However, the last observation of Oregon chub in the lower Willamette was at Oregon City in 1953."
-- Read the full article, by Peggy Savage,
in the Molalla Pioneer (also in the Portland Tribune or OPB News)
UPDATE Feb. 2015: "Oregon Chub Becomes the First Fish to Be Taken Off the Endangered Species List"
New "Three Bears" and "Cedar Grove" Campgrounds:
The Three Bears campground's new driveway is on the left, approx. milepost 3, which is about 1/4 mile before you get to Hardy Creek trail-head. Cedar Grove Campground is a mile or so beyond Hardy Creek, with its new driveway on the left. They each include a central parking area, secluded campsites, water and restrooms. See a photo on Facebook
or find them in person with directions
to Hardy Creek Trailhead.