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Join our grant review team!

EMSWCD office

EMSWCD is currently searching for community members to serve on our 2018 Partners in Conservation (PIC) Review Committee. The PIC Review Committee is charged with helping EMSWCD staff and board evaluate grant applications and make funding recommendations.

Our goal is to create a balanced team with the background and expertise needed to cover the range of applications. It is also important to us that the Committee reflect the District’s geographic, cultural and racial diversity. All committee members must reside in our service area (EMSWCD’s service area is all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River). The current gaps we are hoping to fill include the following:

  • Residents who belong to communities of color
  • Rural residents, particularly with an agricultural or community gardening background
  • Residents who live east of 82nd Avenue and are involved in their communities through neighborhood groups, schools, or other local organizations
  • Residents who reside in low-income neighborhoods

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Register for a free workshop

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

Our fall season of workshops is here! We offer free and practical how-to workshops at a variety of locations in collaboration with our community partners. Our workshops cover choosing the right native plants for your yard, natural landscaping techniques that reduce water use and pollution, supporting beneficial insects and pollinators, and putting rainwater to use with a rain garden!

Our workshops are free and open to everyone, but they fill up quickly – register for a workshop today!

View the workshop schedule and register here!

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We are here to help

Our thoughts are with those that have been affected by the Eagle Creek fire. Once residents are able to return home, they will have questions about managing the burned areas on their properties. We want you to know that we are here to help. We will offer site visits and can identify State, Federal and local resources to assist you. In the meantime, please contact us with any questions you may have.

Please contact Julie DiLeone, our Rural Lands Supervisor, at (503) 935-5360 or


Upcoming EMSWCD Board and Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), serving all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled a Board meeting and a Grants Commmittee meeting and the Annual Meeting at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the month of October 2017.

Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.

Introducing new Associate Board Directors, Mike and Carrie

new associate directors Mike Gerel and Carrie Sanneman

We’d like to introduce our two new Associate Board Directors, Carrie Sanneman and Mike Gerel! Both Mike and Carrie come to EMSWCD with extensive backgrounds in conservation, restoration and water quality. Carrie manages the Clean Water program at Willamette Partnership, and Mike is the Director of Programs at Sustainable Northwest. Learn more about Mike, Carrie, and the rest of our Board on our Board page.

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