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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 |

June 6, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, Clackamas SWCD – Last summer Clackamas Soil and Conservation District began a campaign to persuade landowners to “soil their undies” in an effort to determine the health of the soil in their garden.

According to Lisa Kilders, education and outreach program manager, “Being the first year for this undertaking, we were not sure what to expect. Lots of jokes, of course, but we learned a bit as well.”

The follow-up of the soil experiment yielded three landowners with no cotton left when they dug up the “experiment,” three with very little left, and two with very little decomposition (and evidently very sterile soil). Two unlucky landowners could not find their buried underwear.

Source: ‘Soil Your Undies’ deemed a success

March 27, 2019by ncdea

OREGON, Clackamas SWCD – An initiative now in its third year aims to coordinate efforts between federal, state, regional, and local partners and private landowners in managing invasive species and preventing the introduction or spread of new species across the 600,700-acre Clackamas River Basin.

The Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership, or CRISP, grew out of conversations between the nonprofit Clackamas River Basin Council, the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Metro in late 2015 and now includes 13 public and nonprofit partners.

Source: Partners combine efforts to tackle invasive weeds along Clackamas River | Metro

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