Soil and Water Conservation District
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
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We are local people helping local people.
Conservation Districts are local units of government consisting of a 7-member, locally-elected board of directors with small staffs who help landowners and communities with managing their natural resources. 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.
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.
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.
Who We are
photo: Mt. Hood 2006
Our Mission: To work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and wise use of natural resources.
Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
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Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) and its partner, the USDA NRCS prohibit discrimination against employees, partners, and participants for programs, services and employment. WCSWCD and USDA NRCS are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM