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

Keith Marie Feliciano - Cortes - District Conservationist 

Brooke Bauer - Conservation Assistant

Brett Bengard - State Technician

Jason Andersen - Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist 

Kelsi Solheim - Farm Bill Specialist 

Brad Richardson - Soil Conservationist 

Rafael Gonzalez - Soil Conservationist

Emily Hugen - Education Coordinator

Thomas Bottoms, Federal Technician, retired after 32 years of service. Bottoms was instrumental in putting conservation on the land in the Loess Hills and southwest Iowa. His work for NRCS and the District are appreciated and he will be missed!

With his retirement from the agency he gives his well wishes for the future and hopes to see the agency continue to improve upon its mission of customer service.

All staff of the West Pottawattamie SWCD field office work together to carry out the Districts' mission "to conserve Iowa's natural resources through leadership, education, technical and financial assistance."


The field office staff work hand-in-hand providing technical assistance for both state and federal programs. You can read more about programs that are offered below. 

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