WWCCD was established in 1961 when two previously organized conservation districts in the county merged. Conservation districts are considered a political subdivision of the state. They bridge the gap between local landowners and federal or state agencies. We are directed and led by a board consisting of three elected and two appointed supervisors. Our board includes irrigators from the west end of the county and dryland farmers from the east side. The District has nine employees and is headed by District Manager, Renee Hadley.
- Pat McConnell, Chairman
- Todd Kimball, Vice-Chair
- Jim Kent, Secretary
- Jeff Schulke, Treasurer
- Ed Chvatal, Member
What does a conservation district do?
As a non-profit conservation district, we obtain grants to assist landowners in implementing conservation practices that protect natural resources. We offer technical assistance (professional advice) and cost share when possible. For example, if an irrigator is concerned about saving water, but can’t afford expensive upgrades, he or she can come to the district for help. We can offer free technical assistance and possibly help pay the cost of upgrading to a water saving system. This helps conserve our county’s water resources. Other district programs help landowners reduce erosion, protect endangered fish species, improve water quality, and conserve their soil.
See the District Story 1-2016 for more details on the work of local landowners and the WWCCD.
Interactive Map of Projects
This interactive map, maintained by the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board, shows many salmon recovery projects done by conservation districts and other entities all over the state, including Walla Walla.
The Annual Report highlights some of the District accomplishments for the year.