The first ever Soil Conversation District was formed by the Brown Creek watershed in North Carolina on August 4, 1937
The first Soil Conservation District in Oregon became official February 10, 1940 (South Tillamook County)
Originally, Soil Districts were Regional in Oregon; the first Lane County region was named West Central Soil Conversation District, formed June 30, 1953. From that smaller districts formed.
December 22, 1954 Upper Willamette SCD formed
August 30, 1956 North Lane SCD then formed
December 29, 1956 the remaining region of West Central SCD became Mid-Lane Soil Conservation District
May 1963 the Oregon Legislature added "and Water" to the name of Soil Conservation Districts
May 20, 1971 Mid-Lane SCD consolidated with Upper Willamette SWCD (Water officially added to the name)
May 3, 1988 the East Lane SWCD was formed, with a consolidation of the North Lane SWCD and the Upper Willamette SWCD
Lastly, March 4, 2008 East Lane SWCD officially reclaimed the name of Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District (UWSWCD), as it remains down to this day.
On July 1, 1981 the Oregon Legislature had merged the Soil Water Conservation Commission with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA); thusly forming a Soil & Water Conservation Division of the ODA. This division provides administrative oversight for the Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Today it is known as the Natural Resources Division.
In 1994 the USDA Soil Conservation Service was changed to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and is a vital partner in conservation efforts.
The Upper Willamette Soil and Water Conservation District (Upper Willamette SWCD) is a local government entity organized under the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) established under Oregon revised Statutes (ORS) 568.210 to 568.808 classified as a municipal corporation that works on a voluntary basis to assist landowners at their request and has no regulatory authority; and serves as the Local Management Agency for implementation of the Oregon Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plans per ORS 568.900 - 568.933.