Board & Staff: The People that Power ZWP
The Zumbro Watershed Partnership Board of Directors
The Zumbro Watershed Partnership is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors. Twelve are elected officials, including a county commissioner and Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors from each of the six counties of the watershed. Thirteen are citizen members who are elected each year at our annual meeting in March.
The Board meets the second Thursday of each month monthly at 7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center 2900–19th St. NW in Rochester.
County Commissioner Representatives:
Mark Thein- Olmsted County
Don Springer – Wabasha County
Barney Nesseth- Goodhue County
James Brady- Steele County
Jake Gillen – Rice County
Rhonda Toquam- Dodge County
County Soil and Water Conservation District Representatives:
Steve Connelly – Olmsted SWCD
Terry Helbig – Wabasha SWCD
Larry Thompford/Glen Roberson – Goodhue SWCD
Richard (Dick) Peterson – Rice SWCD
Larry Scherger – Dodge SWCD
Dan Hansen – Steele SWCD
Citizen Board Directors:
Mark Green – Chair
Watershed Activities: Executive Committee, Human Resources Committee, Finance Committee
I represent educators and entrepreneurs.
Brett Ostby – Vic Chair
Watershed Activities: Education Committee, Executive Committee, Human Resources Committee, Earth Fest, We Bike Rochester, Green Drinks, Reel Paddling Film Festival
I represent Rochester, biologists, & Olmsted County
Sue Kruger – Tresurer
Watershed Activities: Education Committee, Executive Committee, Cows Drink Water Too, Lake Zumbro Improvement Association
I represent Lake Zumbro, women farmers, & Olmsted County
Megan Gallagher – Secretary
Watershed Activities: Executive Committee, Reel Paddling Film Festival
I represent Lake Zumbro and Olmsted County
Watershed Activities: Education Committee, Nominating Committee, Cows Drink Water Too
I represent rural farmers and Olmsted County.
Watershed Activities: Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Reel Paddling Film Festival
I represent Rochester, hydrologists, and Olmsted County.
Watershed Activities: Education Committee
I represent local educators and Olmsted County.
Watershed Activities: Strategic Planning Committee, Membership Committee, Reel Paddling Film Festival, Rotary President
I represent Hammond and Wabasha County.
Watershed Activities: Finance Committee
I represent rural farmers and Dodge County.
Watershed Activities: Co-Founder of the Earth Fest Expo, Membership Committee
I represent Rochester and Olmsted County.
Sarah Duke Middleton, Executive Director
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