Land Use Committee gets a peek at conservation district 

Aaron Shaw TSWCD   At its meeting this week, the WEA Land Use & Housing Committee heard from the City of Hillsboro's Dan Dias and the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District's Lacey Townsend and Aaron Shaw.
   Dias shared his presentation about a proposed study of the Sunset Highway corridor.
   He also talked about the North Hillsboro industrial area and the importance of employment land there.
   In their presentation, Townsend and Shaw talked about the work the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District does and how it serves as a technical, financial, and educational resource to the community.
   Shaw talked about the programs the district provides, such as stream enhancement, invasive plant species removal, tree plantings, and conservation education.
   Pihl Excavating's Matt Pihl is part of the Land Use & Housing Committee, and he sits on the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
   He said he likes knowing how the district is helping to promote and enhance the environment/nature around us.
   The district has been able to grow its programs over the last couple of years thanks in part to a tax levy voters approved in November of 2016.
   WEA will be sharing more about the district in an upcoming Business Tribune column, but if you'd like to learn more in the meantime, please turn to the district's website.