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October 28, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, Clackamas SWCD – Faced with climate change, a growing population and aging infrastructure, the state of Oregon is reaching out to local communities for ideas to ensure clean and abundant water supplies over the next 100 years.

Clair Klock, who has served for 21 years as a resource conservation specialist for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, said that until the state knows how much water it has, it cannot effectively manage the resource.

Klock grows 2 acres of blueberries at his farm in Corbett, near the Sandy River. In 1984, he drilled a groundwater well to water his crops, which he said has since gone mostly dry.

“Groundwater is going down in all basins across the state,” Klock said. “We still don’t have a handle on how much we use.”

Source: Communities weigh in on Oregon’s 100-year water vision | Water | capitalpress.com



October 28, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, Skagit CD – The Skagit County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Tuesday morning a tax to help pay for the Skagit Conservation District’s services, which include forestry, education and assistance to farm owners.

Property owners in Skagit County will pay $5 a parcel a year, forest land owners $3 a parcel, and agricultural land owners $1 a parcel. The tax will begin in 2020 and end after five years, unless renewed.

Conservation District Manager Bill Blake said the tax will generate about $274,000 a year and pay for a full-time forester, cost-share projects to help farmers manage their land, volunteer training programs and more.

Source: County approves tax to aid conservation district | Local News | goskagit.com



October 28, 2019by ncdea

WASHINGTON, Skagit CD – Eighty volunteers showed up to an ocean shoreline in northern Washington to plant trees that will enhance salmon habitat.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports the volunteers Saturday planted 1,400 native Sitka spruce, crabapple and shore pine on a 3-acre (1.2-hectare) strip on March Point southeast of Anacortes.

The event was hosted by the Skagit Conservation District as part of the second annual Orca Recovery Day.

Source: Volunteers plant trees along Washington pocket estuary to aid salmon | KOMO


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