Trout Unlimited is leading an effort to designate a 17-mile segment of the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway to permanently protect its scenic and recreational values. An important milestone in this effort has been reached. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently released a draft management plan for the Nehalem River that contains rules and guidelines regarding what constitutes acceptable water flows, public access and development in the protected reach. OPRD will hold a public meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on September. 6 at Astoria City Hall (1095 Duane St., Astoria, OR) and you're invited to attend and provide comments. Additionally, public comment on the draft management plan is being accepted through September 22.
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Trout Unlimited is encouraged by the progress made to date toward designating the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway. The draft management plan contains many encouraging elements that will, among other items, help protect in-stream flows in the Nehalem River. However, other aspects of the draft management lack the detail necessary to ensure that recreational and scenic values will be adequately protected. A robust management plan is needed to both protect the Nehalem River and the outstanding fish and wildlife resources it supports and serve as a guide for similar efforts that will occur in the future in other watersheds.
Please submit comments to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department indicating your support for the Nehalem State Scenic Waterway designation and requesting that the Department adopt a robust management plan that has sufficient specificity to ensure that the Nehalem’s recreational and scenic values are protected into the future.
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