Tualatin SWCD implements stream enhancement programs that provide funding and technical assistance to landowners to help improve the health of their streamside properties. Partnering with landowners to plant native trees and shrubs along streams allows Tualatin SWCD to work toward the goal of improving streamside habitat and water quality in the Tualatin River watershed.
In early 2018, in partnership with Clean Water Services, we conducted a survey of residents who own property along streams in Washington County. We asked questions about their values, priorities, and concerns related to their streamside properties. The goal of the survey was to gather feedback, input, and perspectives that can guide expansion and improvement of the stream enhancement programs.
A consultant conducted the survey by reaching out to landowners who already partner with Tualatin SWCD on streamside projects, as well as landowners who are not yet enrolled in programs and perhaps were unaware of the financial and technical assistance offered by Tualatin SWCD.
Streamside properties in the area are used for a variety of purposes, including farming, primary residences, and recreation. Across all streamside residents surveyed, the highest-held values of their properties are natural beauty and wildlife. Common priorities for these residents include preserving natural resources for future generations, protecting clean water, and improving fish and wildlife habitat.
Residents provided input about natural resource issues they would like additional assistance with, including streambank erosion, beaver management, forestry support, and weed management.
Tualatin SWCD is interested in better understanding needs and interests of residents and identifying opportunities for our programs to meet those needs.