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West National Technology Support Center

The NRCS West National Technology Support Center (WNTSC) is located in Portland, Oregon.

The WNTSC staff is made up of an interdisciplinary Technology Transfer and Assistance Team, and three special emphasis teams assigned to acquire and develop science-based technology. The special emphasis teams located at the West National Technology Support Center are EnergyAir Quality and Atmospheric Change, and Water Quality and Quantity.  

Technology Transfer and Assistance Team

The Technology Transfer and Assistance Team consists of technical specialists of various disciplines responsible for providing direct technical assistance and technology transfer primarily to the thirteen western States and the Pacific Islands Area. Specialists from the Team serve as technical advisors to the West Region Technical consortia.

The West Region Technical Consortia collaborate on technical natural resource conservation matters. The technical consortia support the Natural Resources Conservation Service field staff, partners, and cooperators. The technical consortia members include state discipline leads and others. Each technical consortium has a chair, mentor, and technical advisor. 

National Energy Team

The Energy Team develops and delivers information and technology that addresses energy conservation in agricultural systems, and natural resource issues related to the production, utilization, and management of renewable energy sources such as biofuels, solar, and wind.

Find contacts for the Energy Team in the WNTSC Directory.

National Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team

The Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Technology Development Team works with NRCS specialists and policy makers, as well as other Federal, State, University, and private organizations to provide agricultural air quality technology and information to NRCS personnel, NRCS partners, and the public.

Find contacts for the Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Technology Team in the WNTSC Directory.

National Water Quality and Quantity Team

The Water Quality and Quantity Team develops and delivers cutting edge tools and training to address natural resource concerns related to hydrology and hydraulics, nutrient management, pest management, soil erosion, irrigation water management, agricultural drainage, salinity, and stream restoration.

Find contacts for the Water Quality and Quantity Team in the WNTSC Directory.


Production Design Team

Provides engineering and design support and reviews for watershed projects, complex engineering activities, and conducts on the job training for state engineers on engineering projects. Provides technical assistance, training and support on the inspection and evaluation of watershed structures. 

Find contacts for the Production Engineering Design Team in the WNTSC Directory.