The Tualatin Soil and Conservation District has served the people of Washington County since 1955. The District is asking voters to approve a permanent tax levy to provide services needed to protect the water, soil, and other natural resources in Washington County. The resource needs of the region exceed the District’s ability to provide services. After a multi-year community engagement process, the District is asking voters to provide stable funding the District needs to continue and expand upon core mission components:
- Protect the quality and quantity of our drinking water
- Maintain healthy soil
- Enhance fish and wildlife
- Expand youth outreach and education programs
Whether you’re a farmer, forester, business, mother, or father – Every Washington County resident is connected to their upstream neighbor for their drinking water, food, lumber, and natural places to play. And there are a lot more of us – 11,000 new people each year according to recent census.
Coho salmon in Scoggins Creek depend on clean, cold
We have to find ways to protect clean drinking water, restore fish and wildlife habitat, build great jobs, and provide good, local food. That’s a tall order, and what we all do as private landowners is important. Eighty percent of Washington County is privately owned.
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District has provided the critical education, technical assistance, and conservation planning to achieve those goals above. They have a nationally-recognized stream restoration program, a countywide-elected and accountable board, and a history since 1955 of making wise use of funds to achieve great outcomes. Over those 60 years, the District is the trusted source of advice for landowners concerned about water and soil.
But the needs of a growing County have outpaced the District’s ability to provide those services to everyone – and those services are adapting to new challenges.
|SWCD Staff works with
knotweed and other
harmful invasive plants.
In particular, this measure will allow the District to enhance its services to urban residents and forest managers. In urban areas, the District will support residents’ efforts to keep pesticides and fertilizers out of drinking water, and providing opportunities to be active outdoors to promote health.
The District spent the last two years listening to the public and stakeholders and developing a 5-year business plan to guide our work. The permanent tax rate will provide the stable funding to support clean water, healthy soil, fish and wildlife, jobs and health, and good, local food.
VOTING YES MEANS
By working with landowners on Conservation Farm Plans,
Clean Water – We protect clean water for drinking and for fish and wildlife through expanded services to small acreage and commercial farmers, stream protection from fertilizers and herbicides.
Healthy Soil – We conserve soil through projects to control erosion, fight invasive weeds, and protect against severe rainstorms and drought.
Fish and Wildlife – We help landowners protect streams for salmon and forests for wildlife.
Great Jobs – The Silicon Forest is here because making microchips requires clean, reliable water. Outdoor gear makers locate here because nature and rural areas build a lifestyle that attract the best talent in the world.
|Education programs for school kids
builds life-long land stewards.
We deliver kids’ science education and provide technical assistance to farmers, foresters, and urban residents.
Good, Local Food – We will connect people to Washington County’s bounty of good, healthy, and local food.
Restoring native vegetation to streamside corridors is one way in which the Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District works with partners and landowners for clean water and a healthier environment.
Learn more at CleanWaterHealthySoil.com