Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District 

130 West Main Street * St. Clairsville, OH 43950 

Phone 740-526-0027

Mission Statement: To educate and assist present and future landowners in the wise use of our soil and water resources.

2018 Belmont Soil and Water Board of Supervisors


Left to Right: Nicole Turner, Brian Murphy, Dan Freund, Ron Duvall & Steve Mazgaj

The Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District is governed by a five-member board that serve staggered, three-year terms beginning January 1st and ending December 31st.   

Dan Freund-  Chairman

Dan lives outside of Bridgeport off of St.R 250. He has been a farmer for his entire life. His family covers about 500 acres and consists of a cow-calf operation with about 60 head of cattle.
Mr. Freund, since retiring from the construction trade after more than 30 years of service, now spends his time tending the farm and taking hay.

 Ron Duvall- Vice Chairman

Ron is a lifelong resident of Belmont County. He grew up on his family's farm in Jacobsburg, Ohio. When he was young, his family had a dairy farm and later raised sheep. He currently lives in Barnesville with his wife and 2 children.
They raise sheep on their farm and try to be good stewards of the land by developing springs, practicing rotational grazing, keeping fences maintained, and ensuring the well being of all animals on their farm.
Ron is employed by American Energy Corporation and would welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board of Supervisors at Belmont SWCD.

Nicole Turner- Secretary

Nicole Turner resides in St. Clairsville with her family. She recently graduated from West Liberty University with a degree in Chemistry.
While in college she participated in a couple research opportunities including developing a water quality program focused on identifying and quantifying several well known heavy metals in streams and creeks in Ohio County.
She is employed as a quality control technician at IMI Fabi, a global talc manufacturer in Benwood WV.  Nicole was a former SWCD supervisor in 2014/2015.
She loves the mission of the SWCD and honors it by actively volunteering in the Captina Creek water quality program.

Brian Murphy- Public Relations

Brian is a lifelong resident of Belmont County. He attended Union Local Schools growing up. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of The Ohio State University ATI.
He now operates a farm in the county raising corn, soybeans and hay with his wife Audrey and 4 children.

Steve Mazgaj- Fiscal Agent

Steve has lived in Belmont County for his entire life. Steve grew up on a farm outside of St. Clairsville and still resides there today.
When Steve was a kid his family milked 40+ Holsteins but they got rid of the dairy cattle and started raising beef cattle.
Also grown on the farm is corn, oats, and hay. Steve enjoys working on the farm bailing hay, planting and harvesting grain, feeding the cows, and repairing and maintaining fences, buildings, and equipment.
Steve graduated from St. Clairsville high school and attended Belmont Career Center in his junior and senior year of high school.
Steve also has an associate’s degree from Belmont Technical College. Steve worked as a machinist and shop supervisor until 2014 when he started a small excavating company.
Steve tries to use good land steward practices where ever possible on the farm and his excavating company.


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