The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) is a governmental subdivision of the state of North Carolina, and a public body, corporate and politic, organized according to the Soil and Water Conservation District Law, operating within the powers set forth in the Law.
Each soil and water conservation district is administered by a five person board of supervisors. Three of these supervisors are elected at the same time as the regular election of county officers. This election is nonpartisan and is conducted by the respective county board of elections. Two supervisors are appointed by the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission upon the recommendation of the local district board of supervisors. All five supervisors serve four year terms of office.
The Board meets at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Call 704-336-2455 for more information.
Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors:
Dempsey Miller - Chairman (Elected)
Mr. Miller is serving his first term as an elected supervisor. Mr. Miller lives in Huntersville and has been a resident of Mecklenburg County since 1981. He is a Professional Engineer and Real Estate Broker. He is also a graduate of North Carolina State University in Civil Engineering.
Michael Entrekin - Treasurer (Appointed)
Mr. Entrekin is serving his second term as an appointed supervisor, being first appointed in 2008. He is a native of Rock Hill, SC and moved to Charlotte in 1997. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and has a Masters in Environmental Health Science. His thesis was titled "Storm Flowpaths and Biogeochemistry of a Karst Stream in Southwest Georgia".
Nancy Carter (Appointed to fill a vacant Elected position)
On January 8, 2012, Ms. Carter was appointed to fill the vacancy left by John Autry's election to the Charlotte City Council. She has worked on tree and green space preservation, air quality, water quality and flow and invasive species while on environmental committees with the Charlotte City Council, NC League of Municipalities and National League of Cities during her tenure on Charlotte City Council (1999-2011). Nancy is originally from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and moved to Charlotte in 1976.
(Appointed to fill a vacant Elected position)email@example.com
On October 9, 2013, Mr. Johnson was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Jennifer
Frost. Brad Johnson is a Professor at Davidson College where he studies soils,
geomorphology, and historical climates. His work in the Piedmont of North Carolina
includes research on soil evolution and the impact of urbanization on streams. He
is also involved with the Davidson Lands Conservancy.
Jason Cathey (Appointed)
On October 9, 2013 , Mr. Cathey was appointed to the Mecklenburg Soil and Water
Conservation District Board of Supervisors. He has worked for Gaston Natural
Resources as a Natural Resources Conservationist since 2004. Jason graduated
from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Earth
Science and Geography in 2002. Jason is a native of Charlotte, NC.
Gray Newman - Associate Supervisor
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Mr. Newman is currently serving as an appointed supervisor, being first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. He is an (almost) native of Mecklenburg, having moved here at age 2 and is a graduate of Independence High School in Mint Hill, NC. He is also a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College and UNC-Charlotte. Gray has a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Historic Preservation from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Get involved with Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District
Help your local Soil and Water Conservation District with legislative awareness programs for local, state and federal officials, conservation programs, urban and agricultural BMPs (Best Management Practices), fundraising, tree sales, rain barrel sales, and youth and adult education events.
Serve as a District Supervisor
Represent your community on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board as a natural resource decision maker. Identify local soil and water conservation issues and develop SWCD programs that provide solutions to these issues. Become an Appointed Board Supervisor.
Serve as an Associate Supervisor
Attend monthly board meetings and provide input to the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Board on local soil and water conservation issues and programs.