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A message from EMSWCD in Solidarity

Dear partners and friends,

At EMSWCD, we stand in solidarity with the movement striving to hold law enforcement accountable, and with the protestors demanding nothing less than a just, equitable, and inclusive society.

On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd died at the hands of police, an institution meant to protect him. He was unarmed. His murder is among the latest in a long pattern of brutality and discrimination towards Black members of our community – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and too many others. The loss of their lives is an overwhelming tragedy.

At EMSWCD, our mission is to help people care for land and water. We cannot care for land and water without caring for people. Throughout American history, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have been forcibly removed from and denied access to land. They have experienced significantly greater impacts from contaminated water and soils, polluted air, flooding, fire, and the increasing effects of climate change. We can do better. Until everyone has equal access to a safe and healthy environment, dismantling racism must be central to our work.

When we are not actively fighting against racism, we are perpetuating it with our silence and inaction. We must be anti-racist. EMSWCD is committed to using our power and privilege to stand with the Black community and help dismantle the racist system. We are committed to listening, learning, and speaking out against injustice. We will make mistakes. We will build practices to check our privilege, but we know it may still sometimes obscure our view of what is right and urgent.

We ask you to hold us accountable and we ask you to join us in this work.

Stay safe. Take care of yourself. May you find the highest and best use of your voice, and be sustained on this long journey by love, hope, healing, and connection.

Carrie Sanneman
Board of Directors, Chair
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

StreamCare enrollment now open in new watersheds – Buck Creek and Bonnie Brook

Since 2009, the StreamCare Program has worked with over 200 landowners to remove weeds and plant native trees and shrubs along their streams for free. Over that time, StreamCare has been available in four priority watersheds in eastern Multnomah County. We are now offering this program in two new watersheds: Buck Creek and Bonnie Brook.

Flyers were recently mailed to eligible landowners in the new watersheds. To learn more, contact Lucas Nipp at (503) 539-5764 or lucas@emswcd.org. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to conduct site visits at this time, but are encouraging folks to call, email, or text now to get on the list so we can get the process started and make sure your space is reserved. Find out more about the StreamCare Program here.

Garlic Mustard 2020 update

a field of invasive garlic mustard is flowering

EMSWCD Garlic Mustard control during Covid-19 pandemic:

Our staff and contractors will continue to implement our garlic mustard containment project to the best of our abilities during this crisis. However, our capacity to provide services has been greatly reduced in the last few weeks, and will be for the near future. We are currently working with State, Federal and local officials to gain access to lands with garlic mustard that are currently closed.

Because of our limitations we are encouraging anyone with a garlic mustard infestation on their property to take advantage of the extra time at home to pull and bag the plants located on your own property. You can dispose of bagged garlic mustard at the dumpster provided by EMSWCD, located at the old ball field at the top of Corbett Hill Road. Please be sure to sanitize your hands before and after touching the door to the dumpster.

We’ve made a lot of progress in the last ten years, and this year more than ever we need your help so that we don’t lose ground in our fight against garlic mustard.

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Important information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED March 25th

Updated March 25th, 2020

We at EMSWCD care about your health and the health of our most vulnerable populations. With the growing concerns around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we have decided to close our offices to the public and cancel many of our upcoming workshops and events until further notice. Most staff will be working remotely. Please call or e-mail for assistance.

EMSWCD staff are working on ways to bring the workshops, meetings, and events to you remotely. Please see our Upcoming Workshops page for updated information about our spring workshops. Stay tuned for further updates, please keep social distancing, and stay healthy!


Additional information is available from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority:

EMSWCD Board Updates, February 2020

Laura Masterson (left) presents Allison Hensey with a service award

Laura Masterson (left) presents Allison Hensey with a service award

At the February Board meeting, At-Large 2 Director Allison Hensey resigned from her position on the EMSWCD Board of Directors. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Allison for seven years of dedicated service to the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Among her many valuable contributions, Allison has done terrific work helping advance diversity, equity and inclusion at EMSWCD, and serving as our Board Chair over the last year guiding the organization through a time of transition.

Carrie Sanneman, formerly our Associate Director, has been appointed to the At-Large 2 position. To learn more about our Board members, as well as view upcoming meetings and agendas, please visit our Board section.

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