Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) prohibits discrimination against its employees, partners, and participants for services and employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, and sexual orientation. WCSWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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The staff is dedicated to helping the agricultural community achieve their conservation goals through resource planning, technical assistance, and access to timely and relevant information.
Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District
" Serving the people of Wasco County since 1942"
"-the first stop for all your natural resource needs"
Historically, conservation districts were formed in response to the tragedy that was the Dust Bowl. The first great dust storm of the Dust Bowl occurred on May 11, 1934. It originated in the Great Plains region and swept over Washington DC and 300 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. The second great storm happened again on March 6, 1935. In response, the Soil Conservation Service was created under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to address the catastrophe.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt recommended to state governors that legislative authority be provided for the establishment of soil conservation districts as political or legal subdivisions of the state government to deal with the problems of erosion control and soil conservation. The first conservation districts were guided by local farmers elected to fill Supervisor positions who knew first-hand the environmental issues facing farmers.
Conservation is our History
A regulator agency. This means we neither regulate nor make laws.
What We Aren't
Conservation is our Legacy
The Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District was originally created on November 20, 1942 with the formation of The Southern Wasco Soil Conservation District. Northern and Central Wasco Soil Conservation Districts were organized on May 12, 1947 and May 13, 1947 respectively. Some of the earliest work undertaken by the conservation districts in Wasco County was land leveling and irrigation system development.
On June 10, 1973 the Wasco Soil and Water Conservation District was formed by a consolidation of the three districts in Wasco County. In September 1973, the SWCD boundaries were made to conform to County boundaries with the transfer of the eastern two-thirds of T35 R10E (upper Badger Creek Drainage) to Hood River SWCD. On November 20,1973 the Certificate of Organization was issued to the newly consolidated district. Subsequently, the district name was changed to the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District. The District celebrated its golden 50th Anniversary at its 1992 annual meeting. On November 2, 2004 Wasco County voters approved a permanent tax rate limit for the district of 25 cents per $1,000 assessed value providing, for the first time, stable base funding for the district.
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We are local people helping local people.
Wasco County SWCD is a local governmental organization, also known as a "Special District." What we do is to help people comply with existing environmental laws created through state and federal legislative action and by state and federal agencies. Oregon Dept of Agriculture (ODA) provides administrative services and oversight for Conservation Districts throughout the State of Oregon.
What We Are
Conservation Districts are local units of government consisting of a locally-elected board of directors with small staffs who help landowners and communities with managing their natural resources, including forests, orchards, farms, water bodies, range, crop, and pastureland.
Through partnerships with organizations and public agencies, the district promotes a locally led, cooperative approach to natural resource conservation. The district is assisted in these efforts by the people of Wasco County, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Wasco County Area Watershed Councils, and at the state level-by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Who We are