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Hello from the new Executive Director

Jay standing in front of EMSWCD offices

I am very excited as I begin my first week as the Executive Director of the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). With a great staff, supportive board, helpful partners and a motivated public, we are ready to build on our successful track record to make a big difference in the lives of people living in the district.

During my career, I’ve had the pleasure of helping protect land and water at local, national, regional and global levels. As such, I know the positive results that local organizations like EMSWCD can have in restoring and protecting natural resources. I look forward to helping the EMSWCD achieve its conservation goals from the eastern reaches of Multnomah County to the Willamette River, a beautiful part of the world. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have. I can be reached at jay@emswcd.org or (503) 935-5352. Read more

Fairview Creek Headwaters Permanently Protected

Fairview Creek Headwaters

MAY 29, 2014

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), Metro and the City of Gresham have purchased and permanently protected the Headwaters of Fairview Creek and Grant Butte Wetlands for wildlife habitat and public open space. This significant 33-acre acquisition includes over 1/3 mile of Fairview Creek, a portion of Grant Butte, habitat for about one hundred species of wildlife, and a very essential block of natural open space for the residents of East Portland and the City of Gresham. Metro and Gresham will manage the property.

“We are really excited that we were able to partner with Gresham and Metro to permanently protect this amazing resource for the community,” said Board Chair Laura Masterson. “These types of partnerships are critical to preserving nature in our neighborhoods.” Read more

Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Jay Udelhoven!

welcome to our new Executive Director Jay Udelhoven

On behalf of the District board members and staff, we are extremely pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Jay Udelhoven!

Jay comes to us with over 25 years of experience managing terrestrial, freshwater and marine resources in projects and positions ranging from the local to global scale. He most recently served as a senior policy advisor for The Nature Conservancy where he helped develop and lead global conservation programs. Jay has very broad and diverse experience in the fields of resource conservation, land stewardship and habitat restoration, all of which we believe will serve him well in his new role as our Executive Director! We look forward to the energy and depth of experience Jay will bring to this position.

Please join us in welcoming Jay to our organization!

Take control of your graywater

greywater concept sketch
You can now use the water from your washing machines, sinks and showers to water your landscape! This water is known as graywater.

When it comes to conserving water, sometimes the biggest impact you can make is in your yard! According to the Portland Water Bureau, 60% of our household water usage goes to watering our landscapes. With a graywater system(A graywater system is a system put in place to filter and reuse water from your washing machine, sink, shower or bathtub), you can use some of your indoor water again in your yard! This can cut your overall water usage by up to 40%1.

We are offering Using Graywater at Home workshops on June 9th and June 23rd – learn about saving water (and money) by using graywater to irrigate your garden or landscaping. In this workshop you’ll learn some graywater basics, as well as how to get a permit so you can get started.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is graywater and what can it be used for in your yard?
  • Estimating outdoor summer water usage
  • Estimating how much graywater is available from your home
  • Safety considerations
  • How to get a graywater permit

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Additional Resources:

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Reviewing Oregon’s New Agriculture Census Data

The USDA recently released the preliminary results for the 2012 Census of Agriculture, a statistical overview of national and state agriculture. Oregon’s results in a nutshell: we have an aging farmer population with fewer individuals engaged in farming. Here are a few key takeaways, with further explanation below:

Oregon farmer trends infographic

  • There were eight percent fewer farmers in Oregon from 2007 to 2012, with six percent less males and 15% less female farmers.
  • The age of farmers under 44 years old decreased 22% between 2012 and 2007.
  • The number of operators who have been farming for nine years or less — how the USDA defines a “new farmer” — decreased by 25% from 2012 to 2007.
  • The age of farmers under 44 years old decreased 22% between 2012 and 2007.
  • The average age of Oregon’s farmers is now just a hair under 60 — over two years older than it was in 2007 and exactly two years older than the national average.

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