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Barry Mahler Re-Elected to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

TEMPLE — Barry Mahler of Iowa Park, Texas was re-elected on May 2, 2017 to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) to serve another two-year term of office. Mahler represents TSSWCB State District V, which consists of 51 counties and 41 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the North and Central Texas region of the state.
Mahler, who has been a member of the TSSWCB since May of 2007, is an Iowa Park businessman, cotton and wheat farmer.  Mahler also serves Precinct 3 on the Wichita County Commissioner’s Court and is a reporter for Farm Bureau Roundup, a weekly farm radio program produced by Farm Bureau. 
Mahler has been a District Director on the Wichita Soil and Water Conservation District for the past 34 years. He has previously served as President of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts and a former Alternate Director of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Board of Directors. Barry and his wife Sheri have two sons, Braden and Matthew.
Since its beginning, the TSSWCB has been governed by five board members. Each respective board member is elected in a convention type election by delegates from soil and water conservation district directors within the state district that the member resides. However, with the enactment of S.B. 1828 by the 78th Legislature, two Governor appointees also serve on the TSSWCB to create a seven-member board.
The TSSWCB administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts.  Additionally, the TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution.

The agency administers a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush.  In addition the TSSWCB works to ensure that the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors.

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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