Polk SWCD Welcomes new Commissioner

The Polk SWCD welcomed a newly elected commissioners this month, Katie Rock! She started her terms at the district commissioner meeting in early January. To learn more about Katie visit the link below!

Katie Rock


Our secretary, Pam, presenting Katie with her certificate


Kyle Riley, our other newly elected commissioner started his term in November in order to fill a vacant position. Visit the link below to learn more about Kyle!

Kyle Riley


Kyle Riley receives his certificate from Pam!


Our longtime commissioner and chairperson, Chip Mathis, was also re-elected!


Chip receiving his certificate from Pam


We look forward to working with both newly elected commissioners as well as the rest of our SWCD board. To learn more about who is currently serving on our board please visit the “about us” tab!

If you are interested in becoming a commissioner in the future please contact our office at 515-964-1883 x3.

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Job Announcement

This job posting has now closed.

We are looking to add another member to our Polk SWCD team! The current opening is for an Outreach Coordinator located in the Ankeny field office.

Find the job posting here

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to the email/address listed on the job posting by December 2nd at 4:30pm

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New Commissioner

Polk SWCD welcomes our newest commissioner Kyle Riley. Kyle was voted in by the public during the recent elections on November 8th. He began his term this month due to a vacancy on the board. Kyle is a water resources engineer for HR Green and has a masters degree in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University. Kyle has also been actively involved in the metro area Watershed Management Authorities and has an extensive background working in soil and water management. Welcome to the team, Kyle!


Kyle Riley signing his oath to officially become a Polk SWCD Commissioner

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Commissioner Elections

Don’t forget to vote for who you would like to see on our board of commissioners! There are four candidates who will be running. Please click on the candidate’s name for more information about them!

Chip Mathis

Katie Rock

Elaine Ilvess

Kyle Riley



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Conservation and Water Quality Award

Rich White, Executive Director of Iowa Limestone Producers Association, receives state award for dedication to soil and water conservation

Rich White, Executive Director of Iowa Limestone Producers Association, received the Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality Award on August 30, 2016 at the 70th Annual Iowa Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners Annual Conference at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona.

Rich has been Executive Director of the Iowa Limestone Producers Association (ILPA) for 17 years. He will retire later this year. There are many parallels between the Aggregate Mining Industry and the Agricultural community. Rich has been instrumental and supportive of Ag-lime research to develop better products for Farm Operators to sustain healthy productive soils. In addition, he has actively encouraged the ILPA to promote the inter-connections between Agriculture and the Aggregate Industry because many facilities are located in rural communities and share a common interest in the kinds of land development and urbanization that occurs. Rich’s support for a Mineral inspector within IDALS-DSCWQ demonstrates the mining industry’s serious interest in the permitting and reclamation efforts and to maintain the highest responsibility standards in Iowa’s mining industry.

Below is an image of Jim Gillespie with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship-Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality presenting the award to Rich White with Dale Farnham, State Soil Conservation Committee Chair.


From left to right: Jim Gillespie, Rich White, and Dale Farnham


For additional information contact Clare Lindahl, Executive Director with Conservation Districts of Iowa, phone: 515.289.8300, email: clare.lindahl@cdiowa.org.

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Our mission is to provide leadership to help people improve,
conserve and sustain our natural resources while educating
them about the importance and practicality of maintaining
our environment and quality of life.

Priorities of the District

  • Protect and conserve soil resources
  • Educate and inform the public about urban issues, innovative best management practices, and provide environmental education programs and materials to Polk County schools
  • Assist farmers and communities in land management decisions to protect soil and water resources
  • Protect the quality of surface waters of Polk County
  • Conserve, Enhance and Protect Wildlife Habitat
  • Protect Wetlands and encourage the use of native plant species on rural and urban landscapes
  • Manage State cost-share funds for the promotion of these priorities
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