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Soil and Water Conservation District Directors to Elect Area V Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board Member

TEMPLE — Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Area V will elect a member to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. The election will be held at 6:00 p.m. in Dublin, Texas at the Dublin High School Gymnasium.

Area V is located in the North and Central region of Texas. The Area is home to 41 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) that service 51 counties.

The current TSSWCB member for State District V is Barry Mahler of Iowa Park, Texas. Mahler has been a member of the TSSWCB since May 2007.

“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 SWCDs 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,” said Rex Isom, TSSWCB Executive Director. 

Elections occur annually to comply with the soil conservation laws of Texas. The elections are held in state district conventions and TSSWCB members serve two-year staggered terms. Since this is an odd numbered year, TSSWCB member elections are being held in State Districts I, III and V.

Elected State Board members must be 18 years of age or older, hold title to farmland or ranchland, and be actively engaged in farming or ranching. The Governor appointees must be actively engaged in the business of farming, animal husbandry, or other business related to agriculture and wholly or partly owns or leases land used in connection with that business. They, however, may not be a member of the board of directors of a conservation district.

Established in 1939, TSSWCB administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the state’s 216 SWCDs.  Additionally, TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. TSSWCB also 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.

“In short, the services and programs provided by the TSSWCB target rural Texas farmers and ranchers through SWCDs, but the results of these services benefit all Texans,” said Isom.

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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