Washington County - Information for Partners and Participants
Our mission is helping people help the land.
The Tualatin River Watershed primarily makes up Washington County. It is 712 square miles in area and is approximately 42 miles long and 29 miles wide. People use the Tualatin River for drinking water, industry, irrigation, livestock watering, and recreation. The quality and quantity of the water are very important to the people who live here. The NRCS office, located in Hillsboro, offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners/operators interested in natural resource conservation.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
NRCS, the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District and local partners established priorities for resource conservation in the watershed. Details of this process are available in the NRCS Washington County Strategic Plan. These priorities include improving public drinking water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency, enhancing riparian areas, and improving biodiversity.
NRCS Programs Available
Additional Conservation Resources Available
Local Work Group Updates
Want to help?
Tell us how you think our efforts can be most effective. You can contact us anytime to express a concern, but once each year our Local Work Group meets to formally discuss developing and implementing conservation projects. You are welcome to participate in the meetings.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.
For meeting information, please click here.
Small woodland owners leverage NRCS funding to improve forest health
When John and Cathy Dummer need a hearty dose of nature, they head for “The Ridge.” That’s what they call their 39-acre forest in Washington County, nestled just outside of Hillsboro along Pumpkin Ridge. More (HTML...)
Key Words: Regional Conservation Partnership Program, Lower Willamette Basin
Producer Profile: Juvencio Argueta Ramos and Lyn Jacobs
Fifteen years ago, Juvencio Argueta Ramos and his wife Lyn Jacobs planted their very first seedlings at La Finquita del Buho.
The name of their farm translates to “The Small Farm of the Owl.” It’s located just 20 miles west of the bustling, eccentric city of Portland, Oregon in the suburban community of Hillsboro. With such proximity to Portland -- a city that thrives on eating local, organic food—Juvencio and Lyn have had great success with marketing their produce to a wide range of customers. More (HTML...)
Key Words: CSP, Lower Willamette Basin
FFA members learn about conservation while helping farmers save water
Driving through Oregon’s agricultural areas in the summer, it’s difficult to miss the variety of irrigation systems raining much-needed water over field after field of fruits, vegetables, grains and grasses. More...
Key Words: EQIP, irrigation water management, Lower Willamette Basin
Clickable Map of SNOTEL Sites
For Additional Assistance Contact
Hillsboro Field Office
1080 SW Baseline, Suite B-2
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123-3823
NRCS District Conservationist: Santiago Misquez (503) 648-3174 ext. 113
Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, (503) 648-3174 ext. 5
The Tualatin River drains most of Washington County. The river provides drinking water, irrigation water, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
Washington County has large acreages of prime agricultural soils. These soils, the mild climate and good supplies of irrigation water enable farmers to produce abundant crops of grain, ornamental plants, berries and vegetables.