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Committee Meeting/Special Board Meeting Scheduled

The Marion SWCD will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Multnomah Falls Conference Room at the district’s offices located at 338 Hawthorne NE, 97301.

The Administrative Committee will meet after the Special Board Meeting from 7:31 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Multnomah Falls Conference Room at the district’s offices located at 338 Hawthorne NE, 97301.

For more information about the district or board meetings, call (503) 391-9927 or send email to office@marionswcd.net.

Agenda for Special Board Meeting and Administrative Committee Meetings

Mill Creek-Bringing It Back to Life     Workshop April 19

Do you live near Mill Creek? If you are a rural landowner or an agricultural operator, you are invited to an informational presentation regarding water and land issues along Mill Creek.

Water quality affects every property owner in the Mill Creek area.  Learn about well water issues from OSU Specialist Chrissy Lucas. For a free nitrate screening, bring ½ cup of untreated well water in a clean, water-tight container. DEQ will provide groundwater information.

OSU Asst. Professor Javier Fernandez-Salvador will present suggestions on how to manage mud and manure.  Learn more about buffer strips, guttering, composting and improvements to animal health.

Rebecca McCoun of the North Santiam Watershed Council will be sharing success stories and ideas for stream side restoration.  Learn how to decrease soil erosion and stabilize stream banks.

Meredith Hoffman, Marion SWCD, will help with cost share/ incentive programs for water quality and property improvement that also benefit Mill Creek.

Local experts will speak with you about invasive plants, surface and groundwater issues, and conservation programs for small acreage landowners.

Join us April 19, 2017 from 4-6 pm at the Stayton Community Center, 400 W. Virginia Street in Stayton, Oregon.  There will be snacks, freebies and door prizes!

Questions? Please call Meredith Hoffman, Marion SWCD at 503-391-9927, or send an email to meredith.hoffman@marionswcd.net


 ODA Chooses Abiqua Creek as Strategic Implementation Area

Abiqua Creek

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has selected Abiqua Creek in Marion County as a Strategic Implementation Area (SIA), an approach to provide education and outreach to producers where necessary to address water quality concerns on agricultural lands.

Abiqua Creek is one of six SIAs to be conducted statewide in 2016-17. The others are in Clatsop, Hood River, Jackson, Tillamook and Umatilla counties.

ODA is responsible for maintaining and protecting water quality from agricultural activities.

The Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plans and rules (sometimes referred to as Senate Bill 1010), provide a roadmap as to what agriculture should do to protect water quality.

“SIAs are conducted to highlight the good conservation work accomplished by producers and identify potential sources of pollution simultaneously,” said John Byers, manager of the Agricultural Water Quality Program. “Our goal is to ensure all producers are protecting water quality.”

ODA conducts a compliance evaluation using publically available tools such as aerial photographs, geographic information system data and personal observation from public viewpoints to identify what agricultural activities may or may not be polluting local creeks and streams.

“ODA does not go onto private property without permission,” Byers said.

The ultimate goal is to ensure that all operators in the SIA are not polluting and to get them technical assistance to improve their farming and ranching activities so as to not pollute.

Grant funding is available to help pay for conservation or restoration efforts, if needed.

ODA began conducting SIAs in 2015. Nine have been conducted so far. Abiqua Creek was selected as much conservation work has already been accomplished, and through this process “we can ensure that all of ag is protecting water quality in this watershed,” Byers said.

For more information, call ODA at (503) 986-4700.

The 2017 K-5 Grade Mural Art Contest has begun!

429 K-5 Graders will be competing in this year’s program. Working together as a team, they will learn why Forests are for People…and More than They Can Imagine! The contest requires the creation of a large 42″ x 6 ‘size art mural. that will tell a story about something learned about Forests. One winning mural will be selected from within each grade division: K-1/Beginning, 2-3/ Intermediate, 4-5/ Advanced.

Completed entries are to be submitted to the office of the Marion SWCD by 5:00 pm, April 14th. All entries received will be available for public viewing on this website and on the Facebook Page of Janice Calkins, Contest Coordinator the week of April 21st. Please check in to see some amazing artwork by our community’s kids and to pick out your most favorites entries! Winners will be determined by a select panel of judges – professionals in the Natural Resources and Forestry fields.


Join Our Manure Exchange Program and Help Conserve

Our Manure Exchange Program puts gardeners and landowners looking for free manure compost in touch with livestock owners who have excess fresh and composted manure.

Visit our Livestock program page located here under Resources for more information.


Latest Edition of the Insider

Marion SWCD Insider January 2017 Edition

To read previous issues of the Insider, visit our Newsletter Page here.


Wondering when a meeting, event or activity is happening at the district?

Check out our calendar for listings for time and dates.

Visit our “Conservation In The Newspage to read our blog and see what is happening with the district.

There you will find our newsletter, The Conservation Insider and information about upcoming classes and workshops.

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