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.
Left to Right: Wade Bastian, Chuck Rau, Joe Jordan, Bernie Thole, Bernie Peterson
Wade Bastian Vice Chair 320-387-2765 Term Expires: 2020
Joseph Jordan Secretary 763-856-3192 Term Expires: 2018
Member Term Expires: 2018
bernie Thole Chair 320-393-2158 Term Expires: 2020
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
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.