About Sloughhouse RCD

Our mission is to serve the Sloughhouse RCD/GSA district to become better stewards of our natural resources through education, outreach, and implementing conservation projects to advance the long-term sustainability of working landscapes, rural life, and our unique environment. Learn more about the District’s history.

Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District manages natural resources through collaboration with stakeholders and partners in their district to successfully balance the wide range of programs that protect groundwater for long-term sustainability, soil for agricultural productivity and environmental values, surface water for multiple uses including agriculture, fish, and wildlife, and natural areas for their habitat value.

Board Members

Herb Garms

Board Chair - Director

Current term: 2018 – 2022

About Herb


Herb Garms has been on the Sloughhouse RCD Board of Directors since 2011, first as an Associate Director and as a Director since 2015. Herb has been the Chair of the Board since 2021 and has also served on the SRCD finance committee for multiple years and as a representative to the Cosumnes and South American Subbasin’s groundwater sustainability planning efforts since the adoption of SGMA.

Jay Schneider


Current term: 2020 – 2024

About Jay


More information coming soon…

Barbara Washburn

Board Vice-Chair - Director

Current term: 2020 – 2024

About Barbara


Barbara has served on the Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District Board since 2018. Having lived in Wilton for 20 years, Barbara realizes the role that SRCD can play in sustaining and promoting agriculture and protecting groundwater in our region. As a retired toxicologist with experience in aquaculture and watershed/groundwater science, they hope to utilize their professional experience and knowledge to benefit the District’s constituents.

Gary Silva Jr.


Current term: 2018 – 2022

About Gary


Gary Silva Jr. has served on the Sloughhouse RCD Board of Directors since 2017 and has been on the finance committee since 2020. Gary has also served on the Clay Water District Board of Directors for more than 20 years. On my family’s farm we have adopted several conservation practices and I actively participate in the Cosumnes Subbasin’s groundwater sustainability planning efforts.

Teresa Flewellyn

Associate Director

Current term: 2022 – 2024

About Teresa

More information coming soon…

Lindsey Liebig


Current term: 2020 – 2024

About Lindsey


Lindsey has served on the Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District Board since 2020. She is committed to protecting and preserving agriculture throughout the District. She hopes to bring her experience in local land use and water policies, grant writing and collaboration with other local agencies to benefit the District’s constituents.

Associate Directors

The Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District is soliciting applications for positions on the SRCD Board of Directors. Associate Directors contribute to discussions on local conservation issues and district operations. Associate Directors attend board meetings and contribute to discussions as diverse as water conservation, groundwater management, land use, agriculture, ranching, wildlife habitat, and more. Associate Director positions are voluntary and are appointed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

If you have any questions or are interested in serving as an SRCD Associate Director please contact SRCD Staff at info@SloughhouseRCD.org or 916-526-5447.


Austin Miller

District Manager


Austin started with Sloughhosue Resource Conservation District in April 2019. After receiving a degree in Agricultural Sciences from Oregon State University they went to work in the non-profit world. As a program coordinator for both the Oregon and California Agriculture in the Classroom programs, Austin realized how disconnected a large portion of our population is from the natural world and where our food and fiber comes from. They are excited to be working with constituents to bring new opportunities to the district.

Brittany Friedman

Administrative Coordinator


Brittany graduated with her Masters in Environmental Studies from Prescott College and has worked with several non-profit organizations prior to working with Sloughhouse Resource Conservation District. She also served in the AmeriCorps in Northern California where she was able to develop a deeper appreciation for the region, its ecosystems and its local communities. Brittany is passionate about developing sustainable practices to further conservation efforts and is excited to be working with the Sloughhouse District and its wonderful community.