Conserving and Protecting the Soil and Water Resources of Texas

Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Association of

Dodier recognized

Dick Runge

for 50 years of service

to Menard County SWCD #215

The 77th Annual Meeting of Texas SWCD Directors

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center

Galveston, Texas October 23 - 25, 2017

A luncheon in the Moody Ballroom included an Awards Ceremony, and statewide contest winners were recognized with individual slideshow presentations and were awarded commemorative plaques.  

Aaron Alejandro, Executive Director of the Texas FFA Foundation, gave the motivational keynote address.

Monday evening, everyone came together once again in the beautiful Moody Ballroom for a Meet and Greet Social and Barbecue Dinner, followed by the ATSWCD Live Auction.

Natalie Wolff, Executive Director of Texas Brigades, presented an overview of the youth camps.

Ball High School JROTC presented colors while Kenda Mahaffey, of Bedias Creek and Freestone SWCDs, sang the National Anthem.   

Buckles recognized

SWCDs celebrating 75 years of service to their counties:

Lynn County SWCD #119                    Hidalgo SWCD #350

Stonewall SWCD #167                         Cherokee SWCD #427

King SWCD #168                                 Brazos County SWCD #450

Austin County SWCD #347                Robertson County SWCD #451

Washington County SWCD #348       Lower Clear Fork/Brazos SWCD #551

Willacy SWCD #349                           Archer County SWCD #559

                                  Little Wichita SWCD #560

Texas Conservation Association for Water and Soil Chairman Glen Lyon of Morton, (far left)  presented the TCAWS report.  Lyon introduced Todd Kercheval, (left), who apprised Directors of legislative accomplishments and concerns.  Kercheval and J. Pete Lainey are State Legislative Consultants for TCAWS, working on behalf of SWCDs statewide.     

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) convened the General Session of the 77th Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors.  Chairman Jose' Dodier, Jr. of Zapata (center), presided. 

Board members (left to right):  Tina Y. Buford, Harlingen; Scott Buckles, Stratford; Dodier; Barry Mahler, Vice Chairman, Iowa Park; Marty H. Graham, Rocksprings; Jerry D. Nichols, Nacogdoches.  Director Carl Ray Polk, Jr., Lufkin, was unable to attend.   



The Hon. Ken Clark, Commissioner, Precinct 4, welcomed Annual Meeting participants to Galveston.

Oh, What a Night!

Miles of Smiles!

District Directors from across Texas gathered in Galveston October 23-25 for the 77th Annual Meeting of Texas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Directors.  Monday was a day of working meetings for the Association of Texas SWCDs (ATSWCD), Texas Conservation Association for Water and Soil (TCAWS), Public Information and Education Committee, Soil and Water Stewardship Committee, Texas Association of Watershed Sponsors, Resolutions Committee, Association of Texas District Employees and The Committee of 100.  Areas I, II, III, IV and V also held individual discussion sessions.  

Tuesday's  General Session

ATSWCD President Volney Hough of Mountain Home, (left), gave an annual report for the Association.  Hough surprised Ben Bono (right) with the prestigious 2017 Presidents' Award for "Outstanding Contributions and Continuous
Support of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Texas". 

Some of the Highest Bidders . . .

There was time to visit the ATSWCD's Live Auction display, begin to bid on the Association of Texas District Employees' Silent Auction items and check out vendors' and sponsors' booths in the Exhibition Hall.    


Salvador Salinas, State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, addressed the convention regarding NRCS's programs and ongoing partnership with SWCDs. 

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