Water Movement in Soil (VIDEO)

Water Movement in Soil

“When rainfall hits earth’s surface, one of two things can happen…”

Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, what happens next depends on the choices you make. Rainfall can be a problem or a solution. Some land management choices lead to better outcomes than others.

Click the Link above to watch this video to see how water moves through soil after it sinks beneath the surface.



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2014 Rural Living Field Day

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Howell Park

The 2014 Rural Living Field Day is set for Saturday, August 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at


The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families. Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch!

Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners and this year the event is sponsored by West Multnomah, Tualatin and Columbia Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Oregon Small Woodland Association. The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day. Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, riparian restoration, crops and soil health, and manure composting.

Read the  RLFD Registration Flyer

Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards

native Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards


Native plants support wildlife and offer many natural benefits. Planting well chosen natives can create wildlife habitat, conserve water and reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute local rivers and streams.

Download PDF HERE

Native Plants:  Good for Wildlife, Good for Gardens. 

Board of Directors Election

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The deadline to file district director candidacy to have names placed on the ballot for the 2014 General Election is no later than

5:00 PM on August 26, 2014.

ODA must receive both the Declaration of Candidacy and the Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet to be eligible to have their name placed on the ballot.  Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet must be certified by the local county clerk prior to mailing to ODA in Salem.

Zone boundaries, eligibility requirements, and copies of the required elections forms may be obtained at the Polk SWCD Office located at 580 Main Street, Suite A, Dallas, OR 97338 or call (503) 623-9680 x 110.

Election forms and information may also be found at: http://oregon.gov/ODA/SWCD/services.shtml and here: 2014 candidate packet


Notice is hereby given that on November 4, 2014, an election will be held for the purpose of electing board directors to the following positions for the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District:


Zone 2: 4 years
Zone 3: 4 years
Zone 4: 2 years
Zone 5: 4 years
At-Large Zone 2: 4 years