Our mission is to provide project leadership and technical services to individuals, groups and communities to conserve, develop and sustain human and natural resources in southern Iowa through proper land conservation, water resource development, land management and community development.
History of SIRC&D
Southern Iowa Resource Conservation & Development was the first RC&D formed in Iowa. It was established in June 1968 and consisted of a four county area including Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties. Clarke county joined the SIRC&D in July 1968 followed closely by Decatur and Adair Counties in August 1968.
In December, 1968, a study was conducted in 51 towns throughout the seven county area to determine the needs of the community. The study concluded 29 towns indicated a need for additional water supplies, 32 towns had inadequate water distribution and sewage disposal systems, there was a demand for job opportunities in the agricultural sector, recreational opportunities and tourism was lacking, and there was a need to improve existing grasslands for meat production and shift land use to better suited functions.
By February 1969, six project areas were identified to be the focus of the SIRC&D project. The six areas included soil, water, plant, recreation, business and industrial, and human resources.
Meet Our Team
Dave retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2011 after 37 years of service in various locations throughout Iowa. He has extensive experience in water resource project planning and implementation as well as the conservation of soil, water, and wildlife habitat on Iowa’s working lands.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.
Dave is also the Project Coordinator for Clarke County Reservoir Commission and serves on the board of directors for The Learning Center of Southwest Iowa (TLC) and the Union County Water Board. He has three adult children and four grandchildren.
Local Foods Coordinator
Alexi, a life-long Crestonian, was born and raised in the restaurant business. She worked at her family's restaurant, A&G Steakhouse and Lounge until it sold after 43 years.
Alexi creates programming for local food projects. She writes state and federal grant proposals and executes those grants to support locally grown foods, sustainable agriculture and community wellness. Her work promotes fresh, locally grown foods in the seven-county region. She is dedicated to building healthier, more prosperous communities by creating a vibrant local foods system while bridging the gap between specialty crop growers, consumers and institutions.
Alexi is an active member of the Regional Foods System Working Group and recently completed a three-year grant partnership with the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement in the SIRC&D region where she strived to cultivate diverse opportunities by working on quality of life projects.
Alexi earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Northwest Missouri State University and her Certified Chef degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City.
Judy retired from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2006 after 33 years of services with the Southern Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Program. She has years of experience in grant administration and accounting.
Judy administers grants for SIRC&D and other institutions, such as Southwestern Community College, who have been awarded grants.
Judy provides accounting services such as payroll for SIRC&D and Clarke County Reservoir Commission. She also provides accounting services for Revolving Loan Funds through USDA Rural Development.
Kathy files and organizes paperwork for SIRC&D and Clarke County Reservoir Commission. Her duties also include meeting preparation (creating and sending out agendas), attending meetings, and meeting follow-up work (recording and logging minutes).
Before joining the RC&D, Kathy served as the City Clerk of Afton, Iowa for 30 years. She has two children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Board of Directors
SIRC&D is overseen by a board of volunteer directors comprised of retired and active county supervisors and soil and water commissioners from the SIRC&D counties. Board of Directors’ Meetings are held monthly.
Robert Lundquist – Chairperson
Robert Brown – Vice Chairperson
Bill Lamb – Treasurer, Adair County
Mary Klein – Secretary, Clarke County
Karl McCarty – Adams County
J.R. Cornett – Decatur County
Jerry Murphy – Taylor County
Ron Riley – Union County