TEMPLE — José O. Dodier Jr. of Zapata, Texas, was re-elected on May 7, 2019 to serve a two-year term on the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB). Dodier represents TSSWCB State District III, which consists of 50 counties and 46 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the Gulf Coast and South Texas Plains region of the state.
Prior to his service on the TSSWCB, Dodier served three years as President and Immediate Past President of the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD). Dodier is also Chairman of the Zapata Soil and Water Conservation District and has been a member of the board for 28 years.
Dodier, who has been a member of the TSSWCB since May of 2005, is a partner in the Don José Land & Cattle Company in Zapata County, which the Dodier family has been operating for 85 years. The ranching enterprise is a conservation-driven, cow-calf operation that produces commercial Charbray cattle. He is also a member of the class of 1971 from the University of North Texas.
Dodier is also a member on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Workforce Solutions. Workforce Solutions for South Texas is a local organization that implements a system of services to increase community economic development in Jim Hogg, Webb and Zapata Counties.
On the national level, Dodier is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) where he served for eight years as well as serving on the NACD Executive Board.
Dodier and his wife Janeann, have a daughter, Danielle and grandchildren Sofia and Ace.
TSSWCB works in conjunction with local SWCDs across Texas to encourage the wise and productive use of natural resources.
Established by the Texas Legislature in 1939, the TSSWCB is governed by seven board members, all of which are actively involved in agriculture or silviculture. Five of the board members are voted in by a delegation of their local peers, and two board members are appointed by the Governor of Texas.
TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing coordinated natural resource conservation programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. TSSWCB also works to ensure that the State’s network of over 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors.