Soil and Water Districts Commission

Department fact sheet
09/2014
 
PUB1260

Statute/Authority
Section 278.080

Number of Members
6 (+ 4 non-voting ex officio)

Number of Members Appointed by the Governor
6

Is Senate Confirmation Required?
Yes, for the voting members.

Membership Composition
All voting members must be farmers.

Terms
Three years and until a successor is selected and qualified.

Political Affiliation
No more than four voting members can be of the same political party.

Compensation
Reasonable and necessary expenses.

Geographic Consideration
Three voting members are to be from north of the Missouri River and three from south of the Missouri River. Only one member may be from any given state senatorial district.

Responsibilities of the Commission/Members
The State Soil and Water Districts Commission administers the soil and water conservation districts provided for by sections 278.060 to 278.300. The Soil and Water Districts Commission formulates policies and general programs for the saving of Missouri soil and water by the soil and water conservation districts, giving consideration to the districts' needs based on their character. It receives and allocates or otherwise expends for the use or benefit of the districts any funds appropriated by the General Assembly for the use or benefit of the districts, including a soil and water conservation cost-share program. It receives and properly conveys to the soil and water conservation districts any other form of aid extended to such districts by any other agency of this state. It exercises other authority conferred upon it and performs other duties assigned to it by sections 278.060 to 278.300; and it is the administrative agency representing Missouri in these and all other matters arising from the provisions of sections 278.060 to 278.300.

Staff Contact – Name, Address, Phone Number
Colleen Meredith
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573-526-4662

Staff Assistant – Name, Address, Phone Number
Theresa Mueller
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176
573-526-4662

AGO Contact – Name, Address, Phone Number
Tim Duggan
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0899
573-751-3321

Frequency of Meetings and Location(s)
Meetings are held approximately six and nine times per year depending on need. Most are held in Jefferson City, but meetings are occasionally held in other areas of the state.

Time Expended by Commissioners for Meetings and Preparation Thereof
Meetings take approximately three and six hours. Preparation time is about two to four hours per meeting. Travel to and from meetings depends on where the commissioner lives and can be between one to 10 hours per meeting.

Requirements for Inclusion of Items on Agenda
Agenda items are provided to the Staff Assistant. Districts and individuals can request items be put on the agenda as close as two weeks prior to the meeting.

Public Comment Opportunities at Meetings
Any interested person can comment on any agenda item or other issue during the meeting. Written comments on issues can be provided to staff or the commission at any time.The program provides comment cards for those wishing to address the commission at meetings. Most of our activities are not formal or legalistic. Discussion is open and encouraged by the commission chair.