The District W’s

District W’s

The mission of the Clackamas County SWCD covers many natural resource conservation opportunities.

Trying to describe all we do becomes confusing unless we provide a framework or context for the information. We call that framework our District W’s.

Our top three concerns revolve around water, weeds, and wildife, but we work to address many natural resource issues. When we report plans or actions, we place them into one of the following categories:

While this structure is somewhat artificial, it helps to break up our work activities into smaller pieces that are easier to understand. And that’s something soil and water conservation districts are very good at: taking complex problems and breaking them into smaller tasks, and then accomplishing those tasks!

What does each “W” cover?

Water Quality and Quantity

The Water Quality and Quantity “W” is about protecting and restoring the quality of surface and ground water, and assuring future supplies of water for people, plants, and animals. District programs include water quality monitoring and many conservation practices. Rain gardens and bioswales help clean water before it infiltrates into ground water. Rainwater harvesting and irrigation system improvements are good examples of water quantity practices. Return to top of page…

Watersheds

The Watersheds category captures our work toward stronger, more resilient watershed conditions. Return to top of page…

Weather

Our Weather “W” is about developing responses to our changing climate, and to floods and droughts. Increasing the amount and quality of weather data collected locally is an example of a baseline strategy to help us deal with weather-induced changes. Return to top of page…

Weeds

Detecting, controlling, and eradicating invasive plants is captured in the Weeds category. Invaders affect wildlife and crop production. In some cases they pose health risks to people and animals. Return to top of page…

Wildlands

The Wildlands category is about working to improve and protect wildlands, including prairies and forests. One way we address wildland issues is by working with the Clackamas Stewardship Partners. Encouraging fire breaks and fire-resistant native plants around buildings also helps protect wildlands. Return to top of page…

Wildlife

The Wildlife category is about developing habitat conditions to enhance the life cycle of wild creatures, including fish. Our Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and riparian restoration activities are focused on habitat but also provide water quality benefits.
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Working Lands

Clackamas County has an abundance of working lands. This category captures our work to help keep agricultural lands healthy and productive. Our work with nurseries, Christmas tree farms, crop and food producers, and farmers markets all fit in this category. Of course, work on these lands always provides additional conservation benefits! Return to top of page…

Working Together

Developing and nurturing key partnerships to help achieve our conservation mission is what we mean by Working Together. Captured here are the activities that help us build and maintain important conservation relationships. Return to top of page…

Workplace

Workplace is a bit of a catch-all term, but fundamentally, it is about assuring accountability and the sound delivery of services to our citizens and partners. Return to top of page…

Workshops, Outreach and Education

This category touches our work on reaching and teaching citizens, agencies, partners, and others. Return to top of page…

Access our District W’s with a click!

To access news and pages categorized under a particular District W, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on a topic in the Categories list. Return to top of page…

The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by CCSWCD. CCSWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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