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Dispose of Pesticides at No Cost

Bring in your old, unusable pesticides for safe disposal!

Bring in your old, unusable pesticides for safe disposal!

Take advantage of this opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of old and unusable pesticides on Saturday, November 4, 2016.

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with Clackamas River Water Providers to offer a 2016 Pesticide Round-up! This collection event is for waste agricultural pesticides, from producers in Clackamas County. We focus on the Clackamas River watershed, but all producers in the county are eligible and encouraged to participate.


You must pre-register with the disposal service so they are prepared to receive your chemicals. Due to limited funding this event is first reserved, first served. Complete and send application by mail, fax, or e-mail to Clean Harbors Environmental by October 28, 2016. After that date, call Clean Harbors for any open reservations.

Download Application/Registration Forms:

Pesticide Round-up Application
Pesticide Round-up Application
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or call Clean Harbors Environmental Services 360-607-5434

Submit Registration Forms to:
Clean Harbors Environmental Services
16540 SE 130th Ave. Clackamas OR 97015
E-mail  or FAX: (503) 655-3952

Taylor Simpson at Clean Harbors Environmental Services will answer questions about pre-registration and disposal.
Call: Taylor at (360) 607-5434

Pesticide Status

If you need to check the status of a pesticide, call: Oregon Department of Agriculture at 503-986-4635

If you are having trouble identifying the active ingredient of a pesticide, or are concerned about leaking or degraded containers, please contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002 so she will direct you to a resource for technical assistance.

Plastic Container Recycle

We will also collect clean, “dirt and residue free”, triple rinsed plastic containers.

Check this website for information on preparing containers to recycle.

All size containers up to 55-gallon capacity plastic drums can be accepted. Containers need to be made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and embossed with recycling symbol #2.

No pre-registration is needed for dropping off empty, triple-rinsed pesticide containers. This is a free service.

Questions on plastic container recycling contact Agri-Plas Inc. at 503-390-2381 or send them a message.

Local Rain Garden Receives National Attention

photo by CSWCD

Rain garden installation in 2014

Earlier this month the Clackamas United Church of Christ (CUCC) was awarded first place in a national “Be the Church of the Month” contest with the theme “Protect the Environment.” This honor highlighted two urban conservation practices the church installed on their property in 2014.

It was March of 2014 when CUCC partnered with Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District to implement on-site stormwater management practices at the church. With funding from a Water Environment Services RiverHealth Stewardship grant and with volunteer labor from the CUCC congregation, two conservation practices were installed:

  1. an infiltration rain garden, and
  2. a habitat hedgerow (including 25 native trees along the parking lot perimeter).

Both projects are accessible to the public and demonstrate low-impact landscaping practices that landowners can easily replicate on their own property to help manage stormwater runoff. Interpretive signage explains how the rain garden works and how it protects water quality and improves pollinator habitat. Plants for both rain garden and hedgerow were specifically chosen to support native wildlife and pollinator communities.

You may view these projects at the Clackamas United Church of Christ located at 15303 SE Webster Road in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical assistance for conservation practices free of charge to Clackamas County landowners.

Claudia is Coming to the Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration!

Come visit Claudia on May 21st!!

Come visit Claudia on May 21st!!

When you see a 29-foot Chinook salmon heading to Canby Community Park, you know something exciting is happening! Join us on Saturday, May 21, 2016, for the Molalla-Pudding Rivers Celebration. A flurry of fun activities will celebrate conservation and restoration activities on these two river systems.The Celebration will offer folks the chance to listen to talks on local amphibians and turtles, hear from a local landowner working on

The Celebration will offer folks the chance to listen to talks on local amphibians and turtles, hear from a local landowner working on streamside restoration of his property, find out about invasive species in our waterways, and learn about conservation activities involving local youth. Come make native plant seed balls to take home and listen to music by “The Other Guys” while checking out displays from local and state organizations. You can even support your local Boy Scout Troop #258 by purchasing a bite to eat from their BBQ!

Best of all will be the opportunity to take your photo with the largest Chinook salmon in the park! Claudia Chinook has newly painted murals inside her belly and a fresh coating on her scales. She will remind us that May 21 is World Fish Migration Day, connecting fish, rivers, and people! Conservation activities including access to habitat and working toward clean water are good for fish and people alike!

The following partners make this event possible: Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Molalla River Watch, Pudding River Watershed Council, the Molalla River Alliance, Canby Historical Society, Oregon State Marine Board, Wilderness International, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Do Your Part – Be SepticSmart!

actual epa septic system imageDo you own a property with a septic system? Well maintained and properly functioning septic systems provide effective onsite wastewater treatment, allow groundwater to be recharged onsite, and makes more clean water available for all of us to use. Septic systems also treat the effluent naturally and allow water to seep into the ground, which keeps moisture on site to help plants grow and replenish the water supply.

Proper care and maintenance of septic systems can help keep homeowners and their neighbors healthy and protect drinking water and our environment. For homeowners, proper care can also prevent costly repairs or replacement of systems, protect property values, and conserve water.

Check out these useful SepticSmart tips:

  •  Protect It and Inspect It: In general, homeowners should have their system inspected every three years by a licensed contractor and have their tank pumped when necessary, generally every three to five years.
  •  Think at the Sink: Avoid pouring fats, grease, and solids down the drain, which can clog a system’s pipes and drainfield.
  •  Don’t Overload the Commode: Ask guests to only to put things in the drain or toilet that belong there. For example, coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers and wipes, feminine hygiene products, cigarette butts, and cat litter can all clog and potentially damage septic systems.
  •  Don’t Strain Your Drain: Be water efficient and spread out water use. Consider fixing plumbing leaks and installing faucet aerators and water-efficient products, and spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the day. Too much water at once can overload a system if it hasn’t been pumped recently.
  •  Shield Your Field: Remind guests not to park or drive on a system’s drainfield, where the vehicle’s weight could damage buried pipes or disrupt underground flow.



Know Your Septic System!

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with a number of local organizations to promote proper care and maintenance of septic systems. Septic system maintenance can help keep homeowners and their neighbors healthy and protect their drinking water and the environment. For homeowners, proper care can also prevent costly repairs or replacement of systems, protect property values, and save water.

As part of our ongoing efforts in the Clackamas River Watershed to protect and improve the water quality we invite you to attend our informative workshop, “Know Your Septic System – Check It, Fix It and Maintain It!”

Our workshop will be held:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

City of Damascus Council Chambers

19920 SE Highway 212, Damascus

Join us for this FREE workshop where you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how septic systems work
  • Learn how to properly maintain a septic system
  • Recognize signs of septic system failure
  • Become familiar with County codes and permits for septic systems
  • Find technical and financial assistance

Workshop participants may bring a sample of their private well water to be screened for nitrates. Knowing what is in your water can impact your health. Directions for collecting water samples can be found here.

Workshop participants are also eligible for a $200 Septic System Inspection Rebate.

This workshop is sponsored by our great partnership with: Clackamas River Water Providers, Clackamas County, City of Damascus, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality