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Welcome to 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 it provides.

In 2009, OWEB recognized Molalla River Watch as the Molalla River Watershed Council. Read the Press Release...

Events   News

Molalla River Cleanup & Enhancement - Molalla River Watch & SOLVE Event
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
25th Annual Fall
Molalla River Cleanup & Enhancement

Molalla River Watch & SOLVE Event
• Meet at Feyrer Park, 9:00 AM
• Bring gloves, water, a snack, and wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.
• Volunteers will disperse to the Molalla River Corridor and other public access areas for river cleanup and trail work.
• Volunteer Appreciation BBQ in the afternoon
• For more information contact: Asako at 503–559-0885 or email: .
View/print the Flyer (PDF)

Board Meetings:
Every Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 PM. Most meetings are held at the Molalla Fire Station. Please check our calendar for details...
Molalla River Watch Celebrating 25+ 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 over 25+ years.
Summer 2017 – Our New Email Address
We have switched our primary email address.
Please use   or find us on Facebook.
2017 Summer NewsletterSept. 2017 – Spring Newsletter
Here's the latest from Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro,
 • 25 Years of Cleaning Up The River!
  Join us Oct. 7 (see events)!
 • Hands-On Learning: Environmental Science Field Trip
 • Out in Nature: Community Field Trip
 • Introducing Our Newest Board Member, Chuck Buell

Check out the Summer Newsletter (PDF).  
April 2017 – Spring Newsletter
2017 Spring Newsletter Get the scoop on our latest projects in our online newsletter, packed full of news by our Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro! In this issue we have articles about:
 • Happy Retirement, Kay Patteson!
 • Milestone: 25 Years of Cleaning Up The River!
 • Fall Cleanup Results
 • In Memorium: Mark Schmidt
 • Side Channels: Important Habitats to Protect
 • Aquila Vista: A Phenomenal Place For Frogs To Lay Eggs
 • High Flows Can Help Keep A Watershed Healthy
 • Restoration Project Leads to Rare Western Wahoo
 • 4 Valuable Reasons to Plant Trees Near Streams & Rivers
 • Rain Doesn’t Dampen Mood at 22nd Annual Poker Ride (Sept 2016)
Check out the Spring Newsletter (PDF).  
August 2016 – Summer Newsletter
2016 Summer Newsletter Get the scoop on our latest projects in our online newsletter, packed full of news by our Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro! In this issue we have articles about:
 • Improving Riparian Habitats
 • 24th Annual Fall River Corridor Clean Up
 • Helping Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges
 • Notes from the New Vice-Chair, Jan Rose
 • High School Environmental Education Field Trip
 • Results from the Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration
 • 5 Ways Beavers Restore Habitat
 • Side Channels: Our New Project to Protect Young Salmon
 • A Closer Look At...........Snowberry!
 • Hosting Presentations on Local Wildlife
Check out the Summer Newsletter (PDF).  
David Peter and Cindy BennettJuly 2016 – Call 'Dr. Ecosystem': Rural Oregon M.D. makes his acreage healthier

David Peter and Cindy Bennett are true watershed stewards of the Molalla River. Their passion to restore their land has really paid off.

“In May, Dr. Peter spoke at the Molalla–Pudding Rivers Celebration at Canby Community Park, organized by the Molalla River Watch. ”

We are so lucky to have them in our watershed! Please check out their story in the Oregonian that came out today! Call 'Dr. Ecosystem': Rural Oregon M.D. makes his acreage healthier
March 2016 – Jim Holley Presents Herpetological (Amphibian and Turtle) Survey of Clackamas County
Jim looking for amphibian egg masses (left).  Breeding rough-skinned newts (upper right) and a western pond turtle (lower right).Jim Holley is a volunteer coordinator and experienced turtle and amphibian identifier for Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
On March 22, Jim gave a presentation at our board meeting for "Amphibians & Turtles of the Molalla River Watershed" describing why wildlife and the ponds they live in are important to the health of our watershed.
In the spring and summer of 2015, Jim and volunteers surveyed ponds in the Molalla River Watershed for amphibian egg masses & turtles. You will be surprised at what can be found in ponds once you know how to look!
 • View the 2015 Clackamas County Herpetological Surveys (PDF)
January 27, 2016 – Molalla River Receives State Scenic Waterways Designation
The upper part of the Molalla River, from Glen Avon Bridge and upriver for 13 miles, is now an Oregon Scenic Waterway! This means that the designated section is protected for future generations to enjoy its outstanding natural and recreation values. This is a huge win!
Molalla River Watch Chair, Bill Taylor commented, “Molalla River Watch would like to thank the State for designating a portion of the upper Molalla River as an Oregon State Scenic Waterway. The designation will help preserve and enhance the many values our beautiful river offers. We look forward to working with the State, Salem District Bureau of Land Management, many other partners, and local citizens to make the Molalla River Watershed an even better place for fish, wildlife, and people.”

Read more at and the Portland Tribune...
January 2016 – Ted Labbe Report Available Online
Ted Labbe Report Available We're happy to announce Ted Labbe's report, online map and presentation photos. The report documents the surveyed headwater streams of the lower Molalla River and Milk Creek for fish presence, characterized habitat conditions, and identified fish-passage barriers:
  • “Molalla Water Typing: Field Results Summary” (Final Report to Molalla River Watch, January 10, 2016 – 7 MB PDF)
  • Online map-based application (View photos, and separate layers for migration barriers, water typing survey locations, and water typing classifications)
  • Online photo archive (Dropbox)
  • Event Flyer for the Jan. 26th presentation (PDF)
November 2015 – Fall Newsletter
2015 Fall Newsletter Once again, our Restoration Project Coordinator, Asako Yamamuro has put together a wonderful newsletter! In this issue we have news about:
 • Molalla Area Turtle Surveys
 • Clean-Up and Poker Ride Fun
 • New Fish Data on Small Streams Around Molalla
 • Executive Director Year End Wrap Up
 • Post-Summer Water Saving Tips
 • New Fish Data on Small Streams Around Molalla
Plus, there's news about the Molalla River getting closer to becoming an Oregon Scenic Waterway!
Check out the Fall Newsletter (PDF).  
April 2015 – Spring Newsletter
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).
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 OPB News).
UPDATE Feb. 2015: "Oregon chub removed from Endangered Species List"Molalla Pioneer
and "Oregon Chub Becomes the First Fish to Be Taken Off the Endangered Species List"
About the "Three Bears" and "Cedar Grove" Campgrounds, established 2013:
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.

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Fox Glove flowers with Shotgun Creek Falls in the background.
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