Category Archives: Water Quality

Mud and Manure Workshop March 20th

Please join us for this educational workshop March 20th!  Please call our office if you are interested in attending.  Space is limited!

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Check out Article on Recycling Tunnel Sprayers in Wine Business Monthly

Yamhill SWCD and its cost share program to promote recycling tunnel sprayer technology was featured in the June edition of Wine Business Monthly.  Click here to go to their online print edition and check it out!

Check out the feature article in Wines and Vines!

Check out the feature article in Wines and Vines on our Recycling Tunnel Retrofit Incentive Program!

First Recycling Tunnel Sprayer Retrofit Conversion

The District applied for a Conservation Innovation Grant in 2012 to demonstrate new recycling tunnel sprayer technology in vineyards in Yamhill County.  The grant is providing a $5,000 incentive payment to eligible vineyard producers to retrofit airblast style sprayers to a recycling tunnel system and a 50% cost share of the fabrication up to $1000.  This recycling tunnel sprayer technology has been extensively trialed and tested by Dr. Andrew Landers of Cornell University and has been reported to eliminate up to 99% of drift and reduce annual chemical application up to 35%. 

The first participant in our program recently finished their retrofit of a Gearmore Venturi P45 to a LIPCO double tunnel recycling system.  The fabrication included replacing the existing pump with a higher capacity pump, adding posts for the tunnels, attaching the tunnels, and tying them in to the existing system.

This technology will be new to the Willamette Valley, but has exciting potential to reduce non-target drift and improve air and water quality.  Recycling tunnel sprayers can also provide added health protection to sprayer operators by reducing their exposure to applied chemicals.

 The district encourages operators interested in hearing more about the cost-share program to contact the Yamhill SWCD at (503) 472-6403.  Individuals may also directly email the SWCD’s project coordinators, Marie Vicksta at,  or Mike Crabtree at for more information.  

Conservation Movie Series 2013

Please join us on January 31th, February 28th and March 28th for our 3 rd annual Stan Christensen Conservation Movie Series sponsored by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District and Slow Food Yamhill County.

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Mud and Manure Management Workshop

Join us for this informative workshop!

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Thank you to Cozine Creek Planting Volunteers!


I would like to thank the Sunrise Rotary Club members, Chemekata students and local community members that participated in our Cozine creek project work party behind the McMinnville police department on November 17th.  Over 20 people attended on a pretty gloomy Saturday morning to plant over 200 trees and shrubs along the riparian area.  A big thank you for their hard work; we couldn’t have done it without you!

George Fox Biofalls beginning install!

The district is working with George Fox to do some work on campus in order to improve how storm water makes its way to Hess Creek.  The district helped George Fox by helping them apply for an OWEB small grant, which is to work on watershed improvement projects.

This project is installing what we are calling “biofalls” to the area where the outlet pipe from Fulton St parking lot drains into Hess Creek.  Now the outlet pipes have about a 10 foot drop which is causing massive erosion problems.

The installation of the biofalls will regrade the area to eliminate the drop from the pipe, add rocks to reduce velocity of the water coming from the pipe and create pools to allow for the storm water to settle before entering Hess Creek.
Construction will begin in the next week or two and the end product should look like this..

Look for an update in the next few weeks!