Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District (DSWCD)

Mission Statement: "To provide local leadership, education, motivation, and assistance to the citizens of Deschutes County for responsible, efficient stewardship of our soil and water resources."

Spotted Frog habitat Project on the Little Deschutes - Riparian Restoration done by LaPine Middle school students

The Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District is:

A Special purpose district ~ similar to a fire control district

  • NOT a Federal, County, State or City Agency
  • NOT a Regulatory or Enforcement Agency
  • NOT an environmental activist group

Soil and Water conservation districts are administered by the volunteer efforts of local landowners and citizens selected in the General Elections to serve on the Board of Directors, authorized to provide assistance to all county farmers, ranchers and citizens upon request & committed to service all members of the community regardless of gender, race, ethnic background or national origin.

The Deschutes Soil and Water Conservation District is uniquely authorized by the State of Oregon to provide for the conservation of its renewable resources, including control and prevention of soil erosion, conservation and development of water resources and water quality, prevention of impairment of dams and reservoirs, assisting in the maintaining the navigability of rivers and harbors, preserving wildlife, conserving natural beauty, and doing this in cooperation with landowners, land occupiers, and other natural resource users, other local governmental units, and agencies of the state and federal government.

Deschutes SWCD provides Free Site visits, if you currently have resource concerns on your property and would like Technical Assistance, please contact Tammy Harty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 541-923-2204 to arrange an appointment.

Funding for the OWEB Small grant program is generated through Oregon Lottery dollars and is a voluntary program that works with your framework and objectives to enhance and preserve natural resources on your property. Some of the goals for maximizing resource potential include: soil stabilization, weed control, in-stream and riparian enhancements, irrigation efficiency, wildlife habitat improvements, and water quality concerns. The grant program is applicable to those living in Deschutes County. Contact us for more information!

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