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Continuing to serve you in meeting your conservation goals!
A message from all of us here at Benton SWCD.
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 We hope you enjoy this short film about freshwater mussels! Visit Freshwaters Illustrated and the Hidden Rivers film page to find lots more imagery and stories from freshwater ecosystems!

The River Provides...

water to drink, irrigation for crops, and ways to engage  


2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Clean Air Act. The Clean Water Act followed shortly after in 1972. In celebration of these milestone anniversaries, Stroud Water Research Center hosted an Earth Day webinar called Earth Day Celebration: A Streaming Perspective. Senior Research Scientist John Jackson, Ph.D., discussed the importance of Earth Day from the perspective of a stream. He shared some good news for nationwide stream health, and suggested a few actions we can all take to continue to improve water quality. You can watch the presentation here

If your agricultural or municipal water supply is linked to the Willamette, this drought map, created by the National Integrated Drought Information System, may be of interest to you. The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Map shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. 

In the Pacific Northwest, rivers are central to our ecological identity. At Benton SWCD, our aquatic programs include gems such as Salmon Watch field trips coordinated by Heath Keirstead and the Willamette Mainstem Cooperative, coordinated by Laura Brown. With summer on the horizon, Laura is planning a slew of events to get Benton County residents out on the river to learn and protect this treasured resource. Read "Time to Connect," below, to find out more!

Time to Connect 

with the Willamette River


Benton SWCD's Laura Brown has been busy planning all sorts of river-centric events in partnership with our colleagues at various organizations and agencies! Reserve your space today!
  1. Aquatic Plant ID workshop - June 4

  2. Ethnobotany Float with The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde - July 8

  3. Paddle and Pull events - July 15, 23 & August 13

  4. Great Willamette Cleanup - October 3

Learn more about river time!

Drum roll, please....

The 2020 Revised Edition of Water Weeds is Here!


This fresh 2020 edition of the Water Weeds guide includes 18 aquatic invasive plants of concern for Benton County and their native and non-native look-alikes. Attend a river workshop to receive your print copy for free!
View Guide Online!

New Feature on Our Blog!

Have you read a book that's inspired you to take action or think in a new way? We love to receive book recommendations from the community, so we've created a new feature to share book reviews with each other. Any time you want to share about a book you've read (whether it's a rave review or a bone to pick), use this simple form to submit your review and we'll post it on our blog using the tag "book reviews."

When you need inspiration for what to read next, think of checking here to see what your local conservation community is talking about! Thanks, Owen Dell, for being the first to submit a book review!
Submit a Book Review!

Upcoming Events


April NAISMA Invasive Species Webinar Library free this month!
5/6 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar
5/18 Virtual Budget Committee Meeting
6/1 Online ordering for Native Plant Sale opens!
6/4 Aquatic Plant ID Workshop
7/8 River Float with Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
7/15 Paddle and Pull Event

View these events and more on our calendar.
Spend some quality river time with Benton SWCD and friends!
Yellow Floating Heart has been found in Benton County waterways. Learn how to identify this problem plant!
Ludwigia threatens aquatic habitats in Benton County and beyond! Find out more.
Who Am I? This pea-family member fixes nitrogen and has showy white-pink to purple-blue flowers.
 I'm Western Meadow Rue!  This dioecious native plant can be found in shady forest understories from S. Alaska to N. California and east into Wyoming.

The Team at Benton SWCD

Holly Crosson, Executive Director, 541-753-7208 ext. 203 
Donna Schmitz, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 201
Teresa Matteson, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 204
Heath Keirstead, Communications & Community Engagement, 541-753-7208 ext. 205
Laura Brown, River Restoration & Invasive Species Program Coordinator, 541-753-7208 ext.202
Linda Lovett, Operations Manager, 541-753-7208 ext. 200

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