Water is an essential component in our work to protect water quality for all people and improve habitat for a wide variety of plants and wildlife, particularly fish. The Conservation District is deeply involved in restoring Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island, which is critical habitat to fish, birds, and waterfowl, not to mention a large number of amphibians and other critters. West Multnomah Conservation District is the local sponsor of the $7.5 restoration project, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The District, along with many private and public partners, is still raising money for the project through the Save Sturgeon Lake Campaign, operated by our partner, Oregon Wildlife.

The District also manages the Healthy Streams Program which works to improve degraded stream banks and riparian areas. The program removes invasive weeds along streams, plants native species and takes other measures to improve water quality for fish and other wildlife. The District also monitors water quality in a number of streams and creeks in its jurisdiction.

The following are some valuable resources on programs or issues related to water quality.

Water Quality Monitoring

Stormwater Management

Healthy Streams Program

Sturgeon Lake Restoration Project

Floating homes and marinas:

Septic and well water: 


Living on the Water

West Multnomah County is home to a number of floating home communities, offering a living experience with a unique set of natural resource benefits and challenges. In our District, most floating homes and marinas dot […]

Sauvie Island Pond Project

In 2012, District staff and then-board chair Jane Hartline (an enthusiastic volunteer) identified nine different landowners with potential to improve wildlife habitat at their 10 Sauvie Island ponds, which total 6.5 acres. The project began […]

Columbia Farms Chemical Storage Facility

With the help of a grant provided by WMSWCD, Columbia Farms installed an agricultural chemical handling and storage building. This structure allows the farm to store all of its pesticides and other farm chemicals in an […]