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Presentation on fish habitat of the Molalla River is Jan. 17

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Side channel habitats are disappearing in the Molalla River


MRW - Fish biologists at a side channel to the Molalla River Join Molalla River Watch for a community gathering to talk about fish habitat and side channels of the Molalla River on Tuesday, January 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Center, 315 Kennel Ave.

A discussion about preserving and restoring side channels to keep young fish healthy in the Molalla River, will follow a presentation by fish biologist Steve Trask, of Bio-Surveys.

Molalla River Watch wants to protect and enhance side channel habitats along the Molalla River because they provide cool water refuge for juvenile salmon, steelhead and trout when the mainstem of the Molalla River heats up in the summer. High water temperatures can be lethal to salmon. Side channels that disconnect from the mainstem during the summer are fed by groundwater sources that make them cooler than the main river channel.

Unfortunately, side channel habitats are disappearing in the Molalla River. Come find out why and what we might do together to preserve and enhance side channel habitats so they continue to provide the cool water refuge required by salmon and steelhead. Bio-Surveys will share survey results from this past summer and ask for feedback from landowners that will be critical in the development of a potential restoration strategy.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

For more information contact Asako at 503-559-0885, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.molallariverwatch.org