The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's principal agency for providing conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation districts, tribes, and other organizations.
NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA). CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production in this country.
NRCS uses a nine step planning process when it begins a project. The purpose is to develop and implement plans that protect, conserve, and enhance natural resources within a social and economic perspective
Iowa Field Office Technical Guide - The Technical Guide is designed to primarily be used by technically trained people who are assisting landowners and users, land managers and responsible officials of units of government, and other decision makers to plan, apply and maintain appropriate conservation practices.
Watershed Project Planning Protocol - A step-by-step technical guide to assist local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) and other local watershed work groups in developing projects that will improve water quality in Iowa's lakes and streams. (PDF, 1.8 MB)