Water Resources Advisory Committee (WRAC)

The Water Resources Advisory Committee's (WRAC) mission is to provide coordination between units of government, citizens, and others involved in the protection, management, and improvement of the water resources in Benton County

The WRAC's Purpose is to:

  1. Advise the Benton SWCD regarding Comprehensive Local Water Mangement Plan review, adoption, implementation, and recommendation of amendments pursuant to Minnesota Statues section 103B.301-103B.335

  2. Inform the Benton County Board of Commissioners regarding water resources

Committee Lead

Amanda Guertin, Water Plan Techncian

Voting Members

Wade Bastian, Benton SWCD Supervisor, Vice Chair (2015-2017)

Duane Cekalla - Member At-Large

Joe Jordan, Benton SWCD Supervisor

Warren Peschl, Benton County Board Commissioner

Jim Rau, Little Rock Lake Association

Stephen Simones, Benton County Township officers Association

Lisa Vollbrecht, Benton County Municipalities

Dale Vouk, Member At-Large

Joe Wollak, Member At-large


Ex-Officio Members

Nicki Blake-Bradley, DNR Water Resources

Chris Byrd, Benton County Public Works Director

Dan Cibulka, Sherburne SWCD

Jennifer Gallus, MDA Water Quality Advisor

Pat Gehling, NRCS District Conservationist

Craig Gondeck, Member At-Large

Beau Liddell, DNR Wildlife

Gerry Maciej, Benton SWCD District Manager

Steve Marod, DNR Fisheries

Dan Martens, University of Minnesota Extension Service

Mark McNamara, Benton County Planning and Zoning

George Minerich, MDH Principal Planner

Dave Neiman, Minnesota Rural Waters Association

Craig Nelson, City of Sauk Rapids Public Utilites Director

Nicole Ruhoff, Benton County Public Health

Phil Vortruba, MPCA 

Jason Weinerman, BWSR Board Conservationist

WRAC Meeting Schedule

The Benton County WRAC is scheduled to meet the last Tuesday of the month from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Meetings are held in the County Board Room within the Benton County Government Center


September 26th

November 28th


January 23rd

March 27th

                                                                                                                      May 22nd


WRAC Minutes & Agendas