The Benton Soil and Water Conservation District's Board is made up of five elected supervisors who are elected by nomiation districts on the general ballot. Supervisors do not participate in the primaries. Supervisor terms are staggered.

Supervisors play an important role in how the community deals with a wide variety of resource management issues, including wetlands, water quality, and soil erosion. Serving as a supervisor is a terrific opportunity for people who want a voice in how we manage our environment.

SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct conservation programs, such as the State Cost-Share program and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment Cost-Share program. An elected Board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota's 91 SWCDs and supervisors serve four year terms.

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Left to Right:  Wade Bastian,  Joe Jordan, Bernie Thole, Jake Scherer, Chuck Rau


Area I

Wade Bastian                   Vice Chair                           320-387-2765                       Term Expires: 2020

Area II

Joseph Jordan     Secretary                           763-856-3192                     Term Expires: 2018

Area III

jake scherer              Member                                  320-355-2343                        TERM EXPIRES: 2018

Area IV

bernie Thole                 Chair                                     320-393-2158                     Term Expires: 2020

Area V

Chuck Rau             Treasurer                           320-393-4834                     Term Expires: 2020

Nomination Districts for Benton SWCD Supervisors


Committees as of 2017


Anoka Sand Plains: Joe jordan

Education: Wade Bastian

Finance: Chuck Rau

SWCD Technical Service Area 2: Bernie Thole

Water Quality - WRAC: Wade bastian, Chuck Rau

Water Quality - ERWA: Joe Jordan, bernie Thole

Building Lease: Chuck Rau, Wade Bastian

Board Elections

During election years, SWCD candidates will appear on the ballot for the general election which takes place in November. Candidates are elected county-wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state agencies, and legislative priorities. Supervisors do not receive a salary but do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

Those interested in running for Supervisor should watch for notices on the SWCD website announcing when positions are up for re-election. Additional information about the SWCD can be obtained by calling our office at (320) 968-5300 ext. 3.