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.
Hot off the press.
The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Watershed Council Annual Report is now available. Check out the Coordinating Board page for past reports and watershed council progress.
2019-2021 Wasco County Area Watershed Councils Work Plan is now available on the Coordinating Boards page. Check out what the Councils will be working on over the next biennium. Details include current project status, planned deliverables and key partners.
If you would like more information contact Watershed Coordinator Abbie Forrest at 541-296-6178 x102
The 2020 SWCD Conservation Tree and Shrub Sale is under way!
Please place your order by January 23, 2020. Order Forms may be mailed to the SWCD or dropped off at the office. 2325 River Road Suite 3, The Dalles
Click here for the Tree Sale List and Order Form
Click here for the Grants Page
FAST Sign-ups are happening now!
Please plan to attend the Fifteenmile Watershed Council meeting on Tuesday December 3rd at 6:00pm. The Council will be approving any changes to the FAST Program for 2020. They will also be reviewing compensation rates and discussing funding updates.

The Instream Leasing program will also be having significant changes for the coming years. This will affect landowners who are interested in short term water right leases, and future years funding.
If you have any questions contact FAST and Flow Coordinator Denise Stetson at 541-296-6178 x117
Weed of the Month
Bull Thistle
Cirsium vulgare
Bull thistle is a biennial herbaceous plant growing between 3 to 7 feet tall with one upright branch stem. It grows a rosette (cluster of radiating leaves at plant base) in its first year and blooms in its second year.

Bull thistle may outcompete native plants and desirable wildlife and livestock forage plants. It can invade most any disturbed habitat and grow in dense thickets.
For more information on this weed of the month click here