- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A state commission has recommended scenic designations for the Molalla and Chetco rivers.

The Capital Press newspaper reports (https://is.gd/bpgisx ) that Gov. Kate Brown is expected to decide early next year whether to follow the recommendation of the Oregon Water Resources Commission.

The Molalla is an undammed tributary of the Willamette River. The Chetco is in southwest Oregon.

If the rivers are declared scenic, landowners would have to obtain permits before logging, mining or building structures within a quarter-mile of their banks. Only a portion of the rivers would be designated as scenic, however.

The Grande Ronde River was also considered, but the idea was rejected because of limited public access and local opposition.

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Information from: Capital Press, https://www.capitalpress.com/washington


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