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
Open Monday -Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Grants for restoration and/or conservation projects are available!
The OWEB Small Grant program can award up to $15,000 for on the ground restoration projects for watershed enhancement.
The SWCD District Cost Share program can award up to $5,000 for conservation projects that address resource concerns ranging from erosion, precision ag, water quality and irrigation efficiency projects.
Check out the Grant Programs page for more information including eligible projects, and cost share requirements.
The deadline to sign up for FAST for the 2020 irrigation season has passed.
If you missed the deadline but are still interested in receiving daily temperature forecasts and FAST alerts, contact Abbie Forrest at (541) 296-6178 x102 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
FAST is a voluntary program for Fifteenmile and Eight Mile irrigators. The program is targeted to benefit ESA listed steelhead and protect them from high stream temperatures during the summer months by compensating irrigators who choose to curtail their water rights during an alert.
Continue to check back to this website for the latest news regarding council business and restoration project updates.
Due to the uncertainty and concerns around COVID-19 all Watershed Council meetings have been canceled until further notice. Please take care of yourselves and your families.
Local Press Release
Wasco County Area Watersheds
Salem – The Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) awarded $4,086 to the Wasco County SWCD for the Yellow Flag Iris Treatment Project at their February 20-21, 2020 board meeting.
The award was one of 58 grants totaling $1,635,486 for the ODA Weed Grants ($1,416,509 for ODA Noxious Weed Grants, $218,977 for ODA County Noxious Weed Grants) recommended for approval in Cycle 33-2020 provided to local organizations statewide to support fish and wildlife habitat and water quality projects.
June's Weed of the Month
Yellow Starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) is an annual weed that blooms in May-June. The plant has a blue/green stock with yellow flowers. Limited in distribution in Wasco County; Yellow Starthistle has the potential to become widespread if not treated and managed. Known sites include the Northeast portion of Wasco County. There are also known sites near Maupin. Pulling the plant and placing them in bags after seed set is an easy way to prevent spread. Bio-controls have proven to be extremely affective controlling this noxious weed as well. If you find Yellow Starthistle please contact the Wasco County Weed Department or the SWCD office for resources.