TEMPLE — Barry Mahler of Iowa Park was re-elected on May 4, 2021 to serve a two-year term on the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). Mahler represents TSSWCB Area 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.
Mahler currently serves as Chairman of the TSSWCB and has been a District Director on the Wichita Soil and Water Conservation District for the past 40 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.
TSSWCB established in 1939, 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, 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.