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

TEMPLE—Soil and Water Conservation Districts in State District III will elect a member to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The election will be held at 5:00 p.m. in Victoria, Texas at the Victoria Community Center.  

State District III is located in the Gulf Coast and South Texas Plains region of Texas. The District is home to forty-six Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) that service fifty counties.

The current TSSWCB member for State District III is José Dodier Jr. of Zapata, Texas. Dodier has been a member of the TSSWCB since May 2005.

“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 even numbered year, TSSWCB member elections are being held in State Districts I, III, and V,” added Isom.

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.

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.

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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