Three conservation Districts were organize between 1947 and 1953 in Marion County in response to public demand. Public hearings were held to determine the needs and boundaries.

The three conservation Districts had offices in Stayton, Silverton and Mt. Angel; the Santiam SWCD hearing was held in Aumsville on May 29, 1947; the Silver Creek on April 23, 1948 and Mt. Angel on March 16, 1953.

The Districts were organized to work together on problems associated with flood control, riverbank stabilization, weed control, improvement of fertility and any other problems effecting the best use of land and water resources within Marion County.

After lengthy deliberation the three Districts decided to consolidate. A certificate of organization was issued by the Secretary of State on September 10, 1971 for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District