2009 Scorecard Vote
The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational value. It is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.
Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced legislation (H.R. 2781) to add federal protections to 21.3 miles of the Molalla River in Oregon under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
One of the critical functions of the Molalla River is to provide clean drinking water to the cities of Molalla and Canby, Oregon. The river also supports an abundance of fish and wildlife, including native winter steelhead and salmon runs, geological wonders, and a wide range of recreational opportunities.
On November 19, the bill passed by a vote of 292-133 (House roll call vote 905). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate did not act on companion legislation in 2009.