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How Conservation Districts Work 

Conservation districts in Iowa are managed by five commissioners elected on the general ballot in each county. Each of the five commissioners serve four-year terms and only two commissioners may reside in any single township. With assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality, commissioners address the natural resources issues that are most critical in their districts.

Conservation Districts Role

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are legal subdivisions of the state government. Commissioners are responsible for carrying out state laws and programs within district boundaries. These include: Sediment control law, Conservation Cost-Sharing, Conservation revolving loan funds, Water quality protection projects, Resource enhancement and protection. 

Districts also play a key role in carrying out federal programs including, but not limited to: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Compliance, Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Conservation Planning.

Commissioners (4-year term)

Don Dilts, Chair - Hazel Dell Twp

David Dittmer - Minden Twp

Russ Goesner - Boomer Twp

Dolores Bristol - Lake Twp

Gary Larson - Hazel Dell Twp

Assistant Commissioners (1-year term)

Mary Nixon​

Linda Durick

John Hurd


West Pottawattamie Field Office Staff

Brooke Bauer - Conservation Assistant

Laura Ferguson - District Conservationist 

Brett Bengard - State Technician

Kelsi Solheim - Farm Bill Specialist 

Brad Richardson - Resource Conservationist

Tabitha Panas - PF Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist

Laura Monson - Education Coordinator

Jill Manhart - CDI Admin Support

West Pottawattamie Soil and Water Conservation District

Hours: 8am - 4:30pm M-F

Address: 305 McKenzie Ave Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Phone: 712-328-2489

Fax: 855-233-1297

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