Soil & Water Conservation District - Protecting Natural Resources
Umatilla County SWCD, established in 1974 with the consolidation of the West, Southern and East Soil Conservation Districts encompasses the whole of Umatilla County, Oregon. UmatillaCounty has a population of 70,900 and encompasses 3,231 square miles and is bounded by the Columbia River on the north, MorrowCounty on the west, GrantCounty on the south, and Union and WallowaCounties on the east. Lying to the southeast is The Umatilla Indian Reservation which was established by the Treaty of Walla Walla in 1855.
The Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District takes the lead in soil and water conservation throughout UmatillaCounty by working with urban and rural property owners, operators, public officials, various state and federal agencies, and private organizations. This District believes in the protection, conservation, and improvement of soil and water through our employees’ and directors’ abilities to plan, assist, and educate. It is our belief that concerns about water quality, water quantity, wetlands, soil erosion, and weed management be addressed while simultaneously respecting the private property rights of the property owner and operator. These concerns are addressed through the District Business Plan and by maintaining existing agreements with the various agencies that work with this District.
The proper administration of district funds
Quality customer service
The capabilities and contributions of the Umatilla County SWCD staff
The economic importance of agriculture and natural resources to our community
The respect, trust, confidence and confidentiality of all property owners/operators
A voluntary, common-sense approach to problem solving rather than a bureaucratic or regulatory approach
The stewardship of soil and water
The application of science and research
Communication with the public and within the office infrastructure
Managed use of natural resources
Goals and Objectives:
Management of all natural resources, including water, land, air and other resources are important for sound environmental stewardship.
Promoting a healthy, sustainable natural resource based economy
Protect and improve Umatilla County’s air, soil, wildlife, timber, and water resources in concern with agriculture, recreation and urban uses.
Improve landowner’s management of natural resources ensuring both economic and resource sustainability.
Increase adoption of integrated crop-livestock production systems to improve farm profitability and environmental quality.
Increase the adoption of practices that reduce nitrate transport to groundwater.
Increase the understanding of water quality issues and problems associated with poor stewardship practices.
Identify site-specific strategies (grants) and facilitate the implementation of these strategies to improve air and soil quality and address concerns.
Change the attitudes and practices of how landowners use and protect natural resources
The Umatilla County Soil and Water Conservation District complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Anyone who wishes to attend a public meeting but needs special accommodations, please telephone the District office 48 hours in advance, at "541-278-8049 ext. 138".