2016 - 02

Thank You, Bill Eller!

The WA Conservation Commission is pleased to announce that Bill Eller has accepted the position of Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Coordinator! Effective January 1, 2016, Bill is reporting to Ron Shultz and is now a part of the policy team. He will remain the contact for emergency management and will continue to assist with district elections. Bill joins the policy team with a wealth of knowledge and experience already, having already worked on several policy related issues with the districts, conducted outreach to stakeholders and partnering agencies, and possessing an understanding of voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive based natural resource program delivery and development.

This also means that there is an opening for a new Central Regional Manager! See article below for more details or CLICK HERE for direct information on the position.

Central Regional Manager Position Open

The WA Conservation Commission is looking for a new Central Regional Manager. This position will play a vital role in assisting conservation districts to implement policies and programs and recommend strategies related to planning, budgeting, personnel, and interagency coordination, as well as performing field audits of district programs. Additionally, the position has the special role of coordinating Technical Professional Development Workgroup (TPDW) activities on communications and outreach, certification and training, and measuring program effectiveness .

For more information, or to apply, CLICK HERE.

Learning through Conservation Webinars

We are all busy, and finding the time to travel to a training event can be impossible. Luckily, webinars have become very common place and are increasing in quality and availability in the field of Conservation. Our partners at the NRCS Science and Technology Center have a series of really great webinars coming up that are all free.

In one hour you can increase your knowledge and understanding of topics within your expertise, and in areas you would like to know more about. You can also scan through their archives to find past webinars that might help you gain a little more insight into your project/topic/plan or other activity you’re working on. Subscribe today to get notices and sign up for webinars of interest.

Never stop learning!

Additional webinar sources include:

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center (LPELC)

*NEW* WSU Anaerobic Digestion Webinar Series

Regional Food Program

In early 2015 the King Conservation District initiated a new Regional Food System Program to strengthen our agricultural economy.

KCD recently awarded the first round of Regional Food System Grants totaling $663,878. Recipients included Nelli Farms, Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Highline College, SnoValley Tilth, King County Agriculture Program, Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance, Washington State University, and HumanLinks Foundation/21 Acres.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Around the County

If you would like to know what is happening in other parts of the country in regards to nonpoint source pollution, take a look at EPA’s newsletter Nonpoint Source News-Notes Issue #99 (January 2016) which is now online.

EPA’s NPS News-Notes newsletter explores new and innovative programs, tools and resources available to help you manage polluted runoff. Previous issues may be downloaded from the Nonpoint Source News-Notes website (epa.gov/newsnotes).

Here are some items in this current issue:


1. GIWiz Helps You Find Needed Green Infrastructure Resources

2. New National Network of Reference Watersheds Increases Access to Information


1. Dedicated Funding Source Allows Minnesota’s Watershed Monitoring Program to Reap Rewards

2. Sweeping Clean Water Bill Aims to Improve Vermont’s Lakes and Waterways

3. New Hampshire Road Salt Reduction Program Protects Personal Safety and the Environment

4. Efforts to Restore Hempstead Harbor Shellfish Beds Provide Insight into Economic Benefits of Large-Scale Restoration Efforts

5. Nonpoint Source Success in Story, Wyoming: Fixing Failing Septic Systems Restores Creek


1. 2015 StormTV Project Winners Wow Audience

More on Cultural Resources

NOW IS THE TIME...to start cultural resource reviews.

Yes, now is a good time to start the cultural resource review process for your upcoming projects. In fact, having your projects started early usually makes good sense, as most experienced district folks know. A project that is fully planned out ahead of time often has better opportunities to get funded and usually has less chance of delays due to unforeseen issues. And as some of us are learning, there will be adequate time to complete the cultural resource review process on those projects when they are planned ahead. If you need some assistance with your cultural resource reviews, have cultural resource questions, or would like someone to take a look at your EZ1 forms my email is: lbrewer@scc.wa.gov or phone (360)701-7859.

Where did the WSCC Cultural Resources Web Page go?

The WSCC Cultural Resource Website has not disappeared, but has moved slightly, due to the WSCC web page update. In fact, I found it even easier to find.

You can go to the WSCC main web page at: http://scc.wa.gov/ and click on “Cultural Resources” which is listed in the column on the right side of the page and there you are. Or you can go directly to the site following this link: http://scc.wa.gov/cultural-resources/ , and once found just bookmark it.

Training Events

2016 Basic Conservation Planning, Basic Conservation Planner 3

We are pleased to announce two 2016 Basic Conservation Planning, Basic Conservation Planner 3 training events,

If you or a staff member are planning to attend either of these training sessions, please be sure to mark your calendar and get the prerequisites done. The prerequisites are listed on the TPDW website, along with step-by-step instructions for getting an AgLearn account.

This core course is a week-long program designed to get the student familiar with the nine-step planning process and the basics of conservation planning as it is practiced by conservation districts and NRCS. This course is the first step in a training plan that should guide you through your career and along the path to becoming a certified journey level conservation planner.

This course consists of the AgLearn prerequisites, a week-long in-class instruction session, and submittal of a conservation plan for review and approval. Each course attendee will be paired with a mentor to assist with getting the plan completed in the time allotted, and of sufficient quality to be certified. The submitted plans will be reviewed by NRCS for quality and completeness. Except for the allowance of a few minor changes, the plan should be complete when it is submitted to NRCS.

Location: Quality Inn in Ellensburg (a block of rooms will be held for each session)

Dates: May 9-13, 2016 OR May 23-27, 2016 (Noon Monday through noon Friday)

Contact James Weatherford for more information or to register. Both sessions are almost full, so act soon!

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan Development (CNMP) Course

This CNMP course is for advanced Nutrient Management Planners who have completed the Nutrient Management Planning, Nutrient Management Considerations in Conservation Planning, Track I, Part III.

The course is designed to address the large anticipated workload stemming from AFO/CAFO/NPDES in the Yakima Valley, Columbia Basin, and Western Washington, particularly the Puget Sound area. It is particularly important for districts anticipating conducting work under a Task Order from NRCS through SCC.

Location: Olympia, WA

Dates: April 11 – 15, 2016

Anyone anticipating attending this course is strongly encouraged to get started on the following prerequisites as soon as possible:

  • Basic Planner 3 certification

  • Completion of Nutrient Management Planning course (with prerequisites)

  • AgLearn Courses:

    • Aglearn: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy NRCS-NEDC-00253

    • Aglearn: Ag Waste Primer, NRCS-NEDC-000115

    • Aglearn: Ag Waste Systems Level 2, NRCS-NEDC-000116

  • WEPS and RUSLE2 experience (trainings on-going)

Contact James Weatherford for more information or to register.

Check the Training Events & Opportunities page on TPDW web site for updates.

IT Security Awareness Training Reminder

(FY) 2016 Information Security Awareness (ISA) training in AgLearn is due by February 1, 2016. Please be advised that all users who have not completed the training by February 1, 2016 may experience disruption with their user accounts until the security training has been successfully completed.

The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002 requires that all USDA employees, contractors, partners, and volunteers annually complete security awareness training. This training is mandated by Federal Law and USDA Security Policy. For further information regarding the annual training requirement please see the NRCS National Bulletin, 360-16-3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Information Security Awareness Training at:http://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/ViewerFS.aspx?hid=37772

Thanking you in advance for your support in helping to improve the security posture across NRCS in FY 2016.

Getting to Know You:

District Highlight: Ferry CD

District Size: 1,434,878 acres

District Population: 7,350

Number of Employees: 3.5

Main Programs: Water quality improvement, forestry, range management.

Key Partners: USDA NRCS, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Ferry County

Project Most Proud Of: In cooperation with the Colville Confederated Tribes, we have reduced cattle traffic in the Sanpoil River by more than 90%.

Fun Fact: Less than 20% of the land in Ferry County is privately owned. We share jurisdiction over more than 600,000 acres with the Colville Reservation CD. Cattle ranching and timber management are our two largest agricultural enterprises. Republic, the county seat, is the only incorporated city in our district.

Does your CD Have a Newsletter?

Does your CD produce a newsletter? If so, we would love to post a link (or PDF) to it on the TPDW website! Every month we would like to feature an article from a CD newsletter from around the State. This will help us all understand the challenges, issues and similarities we share. Please send a link or copy to: communications@tpdw.org