State Soil Conservation & Water Quality Committee

The Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality is administered in accordance with policies established by the State Soil Conservation & Water Quality Committee (SSCWQC). Primary authorities of the State Soil Conservation & Water Quality Committee are to:

•  Establish policy for the administration of Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality programs
•  Approve rules of the Division prior to adoption
•  Recommend annually, to the Secretary of Agriculture, a budget for the Division
•  Call upon agencies and education institutions of the state for reports, surveys, or studies necessary to carry out its functions|
•  Perform acts and hold public hearings as necessary for the execution of its functions
•  Appoint commissioners to fill vacancies in soil and water conservation districts
•  Provide a forum for the discussion of soil and water conservation issues and the development of policy and program initiatives
•  Review district soil loss limits every five years

The SSCWQC as authorized in Iowa Code Section 161A.4 consists of nine voting members appointed by the Governor. Of these voting members, six are farmers geographically distributed across the state, and the remaining three represent the constituencies of cities, the mining industry, and tree farming. Ex officio, non-voting members of the committee include representatives of the Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service. Non-voting advisory members of the committee include representatives of the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa County Engineers Association.

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Committee Members

Dennis Carlson, Tree Farming Rep
cathyscookies@hotmail.com
05/01/16 – 04/30/22 (03/01/16)
867 130th ST, Hampton, IA 50441-7558
641-866-6946
Franklin County

Chair
Paula Ellis, Southeast Region Rep

pjfarm@iowatelecom.net
05/01/13 – 04/30/19 (03/01/13)
1361 180th ST, Donnellson, IA 52625-9120
319-470-3770
Lee County

Past Chair
Dr. Dale Farnham, Cities and Towns Rep

defarnham@msn.com
05/01/17 – 04/30/23 (02/18/11)
4924 Hemingway Dr,  Ames, IA 50014-6717
(515) 268-3297 / cell (515) 291-5094
Story County

Steve Hofmann, South Central Region Rep
shnmhofm@grm.net
05/01/17 – 04/30/18 (05/01/17)
12310 324th ST, Lamoni, IA 50140-2298
(641) 784-3767 / cell (641) 781-1227
Decatur County

Sherman Lundy, Mining Industry Rep
sherml@bmcaggregates.com
05/01/15 – 04/30/21 (05/01/09)
1103 Ellen St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
(319) 235-6583
Black Hawk County

Collen Miller, Northwest Region Rep
camiller54@gmail.com
05/01/19 – 04/30/25 (05/01/19)
712-299-3384
1925 490th St., Albert City, IA 50510
Buena Vista County

Vice Chair
Kevin Pope, North Central Region Rep

kpopefarms@netconx.net
05/01/15 – 04/30/21 (03/01/15)
16825 300th St, Mason City, IA 50401-9154
(641) 420-8213
Cerro Gordo County

Linda Querry, Southwest Region Rep
lquerry@heartland.net
05/01/15 – 04/30/21 (03/01/15)
1897 Evergreen Ave, Red Oak, IA 51566-4463
(712) 623-9217
Montgomery County

Patti Ruff, Northeast Region Rep
pruff@claytoncountyia.gov
03/01/19-04/30/2023 (03/01/19)
563-880-8680
13331 Jade Ave., McGregor, IA 52157
Clayton County

Ex Officio, Non-Voting Members

Kayla Lyon, Director
kayla.lyon@dnr.iowa.gov
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
(515) 725-8282                                                                             
Wallace Bldg, 502 E 9th ST, Des Moines, IA 50319-0034   

John D Lawrence, Director
jdlaw@iastate.edu
Agriculture & Natural Resource Economics Extension
(515) 294-4333
132 Curtiss Hall, ISU, Ames, IA 50011-1043  

Advisors

Larry Roehl, Professional Engineer
locoe@louisacomm.net
IA County Engineers Assn.
319-523-5271
8313 K. Ave, Wapello, Iowa 52653

Kurt Simon, State Conservationist
kurt.simon@ia.usda.gov
Natural Resources Conservation Service
(515) 284-6655
210 Walnut St, RM 693, Des Moines, IA 50309-2119

2019 Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location Agenda Minutes
January 15 9:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda Minutes
February 6 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda Minutes
March 6 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda Minutes
April 4 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda Minutes
May 2 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda  
June 10 3:00 pm Ameristar Hotel Conference Room Agenda Minutes
July 11 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda Minutes
August 18 10:00 am Gateway Hotel & Conference Room Agenda Minutes
September 5 10:00 am Conference Call    
October 3 10:00 am Conference Call Agenda Minutes
November 7 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda  
December 5 10:00 am Wallace Building, Des Moines Agenda  

 

Contact Nicole.Gubbels@IowaAgriculture.gov for additional meeting information.