Meet The Team

Dave Downing

District Manager & Watershed Tech Specialist

Dave was born and raised in Lane County and has been with the Upper Willamette SWCD since April of 1998. Prior to joining the District as the Watershed Technical Specialist, he was an owner/operator of a family farm north of Eugene. Since joining the District, his primary focus has been to assist agricultural producers with resource concerns to improve their farm's profitability by increasing the efficiency of the operations, as well as addressing non-point source water quality contributions to assist in improving overall watershed health. Dave's strength is that his background allows him to relate to producer issues while providing them with vital District services.



Direct Line: (541) 650-3052

Lily Leitermann

Conservation Specialist

Lily joined the Upper Willamette SWCD in September 2015 as a Watershed Technician and her primary focus will be to assist the Pure Water Partners (PWP) program (formerly known as the Voluntary Incentives Program (VIP) in the Upper McKenzie area.

Lily holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources with a focus on water conflict management through Oregon State University and a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Western Michigan University. She has worked as a restoration technician for the Audubon Society; a Landscape Technician for private businesses; a classroom teacher in Arizona schools; an environmental educator for the Science Museum of Virginia and the Kalamazoo Nature Center; and has volunteered as the Secretary of Cascade Mycological Society. 

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, rock-hounding, mushrooming, gardening, reading, travel, and a multitude of other pursuits.



Direct Line: (541) 650-3050

Clarissa Berndt

Administrative Specialist

Born and raised in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, Clarissa joined the District in November 2017. After attending Lane Community College with a major in Accounting, she moved to the Midwest with her husband. While there, she began working for the local soil conservation district and became passionate about the work they did. When she moved back to Oregon, she was happy to rejoin the conservation district in an administrative capacity. She is actively involved in the community, volunteering her time in a Bible education work. She enjoys hiking, camping, and gardening with her family and friends.


Direct Line: (541) 650-3047



As a conservation district, UWSWCD is a 170(c)1 Organization and can accept tax deductible donations to assist in conservation efforts, education outreach, riparian restoration, improving crop land and restoring wildlife habitat.

Donations of cash, checks or money orders are always accepted and greatly appreciated to help us succeed with our goals.


Checks can be made payable to UWSWCD and mailed to our office, or through PayPal.

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Thank you for your contributions to our important programs!


780 Bailey Hill Rd, Suite 5

Eugene, OR 97402

(541) 650-3057

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