Menard County SWCD #215 is committed to maintaining the water quality
of the San Saba River
and its tributaries in Menard County
Menard County SWCD #215
Recognized for 75 Years of Service
Menard County SWCD was recognized for 75 years of service at the 79th Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors October 28-30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX. Left to right: David Basinger, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) Director, Area IV; Marty Graham, TSSWCB Director, Area II; J. W. Jennings, MCSWCD Chairman, Zone 4; Chris Casaday, NRCS District Conservationist, Menard Field Office; Charlotte Albrecht, MCSWCD Business Manager and Jose Dodier, Jr. TSSWCB Director, Area III.
In 1943 area producers worked on a conservation plan that had to be approved before the district could become an official SCD (Soil Conservation District). The official formation papers for Menard County SCD were signed on March 15, 1944.
The first District Board Members were H.H. Mears, Chairman; John M.Treadwell, Vice Chairman; Roy Benson, Secretary/Treasurer; Max Ficker Jr., Member; and O.C. Jones, Member; assisting Conservationist was Mr. Lumm.
Some of the first practices were brush work, terracing, cover crops (Hubam clover), closed terrace, pitting, diversions, decreased stocking rates and improved irrigation practices.
The District’s goals are still the same. To improve the soil health, soil productivity and thus increase soil water retention. More information as it is uncovered, discovered, or recovered.
MEET MENARD COUNTY'S AWARD WINNING CONSERVATIONISTS
The annual Texas Conservation Awards Program is sponsored by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the Association of Texas SWCDs (ATSWCD). Texas' 216 SWCDs are encouraged to participate in the program, which recognizes conservationists in a variety of categories, "to acknowledge, recognize and honor those who dedicate themselves and their talents to the conservation and wise use of our renewable natural resources".
2019 Texas Essay Winner
The 2019 essay topic was "Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper". Menard ISD student Lexus Aguirre was chosen as the statewide winner in the Senior, 14-18 years old division of the contest.
The poster and essay competition is conducted annually by the Association of Texas SWCDs (ATSWCD) and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), along with a variety of other conservation award categories.
Contests begin at the local level, with county SWCDs selecting winners, who are automatically entered into Area contests. Lexus was selected as the winner in Area II, comprised of 52 SWCDs. She was chosen as the Texas winner from among other local winners across the state.
Lexus Aguirre was recognized as state winner of the Conservation Essay contest, senior division. She was presented an award at the 79th Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors, held October 28-30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. Presenting Lexus' award are, left to right: Volney Hough, president of the Association of Texas SWCDs; Lexus; Marty Graham, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) Director, Area II and Rex Isom, TSSWCB Executive Director.
Attending the 2019 Annual Meeting of SWCD Directors in October in San Antonio to support Lexus, are, left to right: J. W. Jennings, Menard County SWCD Director, Zone 4; Raven Aguirre; Marcy Petty Benavides; Lexus; Cydney Petty; Jewel Aguirre and Charlotte Albrecht, MCSWCD Business Manager.