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Soil & Water Conservation Districts


East Cassia  




West Cassia  

Quagga Mussel Larvae Detection in the Snake River

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Our Soil & Water Conservation Districts

The East Cassia, Minidoka, and West Cassia Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are sub-units of state government, responsible for soil and water conservation activities within their boundaries.   All 3 Districts are managed by a board of district supervisors elected to the position by Cassia County and Minidoka County residents.  They serve voluntarily and without pay.           


The SWCD supervisors work with farmers and ranchers, cities, counties, and government agencies at all levels.  By encouraging basic conservation work on private land, SWCD activities help control soil erosion and improve water quality.                    

Mission Statement

To encourage responsible natural resource best management practices (BMP) which improve air, soil, and water quality while improving wildlife habitat.  And, to educate both youth and adults about our local conservation practices and needs.


Together with partner agencies, the SWCD strives to provide programs, education, and assistance to landowners for improving conservation practices in the Mini-Cassia area.

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Kathy Poulton 1945-2023

We mourn the passing of Kathy Poulton. Kathy Poulton was an active West Cassia Supervisor for 14 years.  She served as treasurer for the West Cassia board for 11 years.  Kathy passed away on May 27 of this year.  Kathy was active in many district projects including educational activities, the seedling tree sale, the Land & Soil Evaluation Event, financial matters, and personnel support.  There will be scholarships awarded in Kathy’s name in the Spring of 2024.  She will be missed. 

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East-West Cassia Swcd

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East Cassia SWCD

(From left to right)

Ken Woodworth, Treasurer

Mark Webb, Associate Member

Hannah Sanders, Supervisor

Rob Cottle, Chairman

Kurt Heward, Supervisor


Not Pictured:

Steve Ward, Vice Chairman

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West Cassia SWCD

(From left to right)

Ken Black - Treasurer

Kathy Poulton - deceased

Brent Stoker - Supervisor

Richard Kunau - Chairman

Jordan Searle, Vice-Chairman

Kyle Bowers - Associate Member

Not Pictured:

Chad Searle, Member

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Minidoka SWCD

(From left to right)

Brian Kossman, Retired

Dusty Wilkins, Chairman

Reid Bowen, Vice Chairman

Aaron Firth, Member

Not Pictured:

Lance Lovell, Treasurer

Luke Stevenson, Member

Jeff Schow, Member

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