Wasco County Area Watersheds
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Watershed Councils 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. Wasco County SWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Wasco County SWCD
2325 River Road Suite 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Watershed Coordinator: Abbie Forrest
541-296-6178 x102
Open Monday -Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Holidays
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Working collaboratively with communities and landowners to develop and carry out voluntary watershed protection, restoration, enhancement and stakeholder engagement activities across all land uses.
Funding for the 2019-2021 Small Grant Program is now available.
The Small Grant program seeks to fund on-the ground restoration and watershed enhancement projects on private land.
Check out the Grant Programs page for more information including eligible projects, and cost share requirements.
 The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Watershed Council Annual Report is now available. The Annual Report is used as a tool to share the story of Watershed Councils in Wasco County. Watersheds impact every one of us and it is important to understand the continuous efforts of private landowners and agency partners who work to enhance our streams and uplands. The Annual Report is presented to the Wasco County Commissioners and shared with our capacity grant funders at OWEB. Enjoy.
Pre-orders for the SWCD Tree and Shrub Sale have closed. If you would like to purchase plants from our sale, plan on attending the ONE DAY EVENT on Saturday March 21st in the parking lot of the USDA Service Center. Sale starts at 8:00 am. Plants will go fast so be sure to come in the morning!
Click here for the Grants Page
Weed of the Month
(Ventenata dubia)
Ventenata is rapidly spreading throughout counties in Eastern Oregon, including Wasco County. Infestations have been identified in rangeland in the southern portion of the county. Like other cool season annual grasses, Ventenata competes for moisture and nutrients in the soil and outcompete's native plants. Ventenata has very little forage value for livestock and wildlife.
For more information on this months highlighted weed click here
The deadline to sign up for FAST for the 2020 irrigation season is February 28th. If you have not signed up Contact Denise. She will be on hand at the Dufur Neighborhood meeting to enroll.

If you have any questions contact FAST and Flow Coordinator Denise Stetson at 541-296-6178 x117
Grant Opportunities
Wasco County Watershed Council FY 2018-2019 Annual Report
2020 Neighborhood Meetings Have Been Announced!
Please plan on attending one of our neighborhood meetings that are headed to your area. Neighborhood meetings are our chance to bring the Conservation Office to you.

This years lineup includes Farm Service Agency (FSA), OSU Extension Office, Wasco County Watershed Councils, Wy'East RC&D, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Wasco County SWCD.
Click here for meeting dates and locations
Tree Sale Event