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National Water Management Center

Bringing the landscape together: Local community goals and watershed scale planning solutions. The National Water Management Center (NWMC), located in Little Rock, Arkansas, serves as a focal point for water resources information exchange. 

The functions of the NWMC include providing direct assistance; the latest technology transfer and delivery; direct technical assistance; water resources planning; watershed policy implementation and program support; and partnerships and joint ventures.

The multi-disciplinary NWMC team provides expertise in and guidance for the application of water resource technologies to assess watershed health and plan watershed-scale solutions. The NWMC team of experts work with state and national specialists to develop solutions to water resource problems at the local level.

NWMC also collaborates with other Federal water resource agencies to improve the management of water and natural resource concerns while collectively supporting the locally led conservation process. 

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Water Management

The National Water Management Center (NWMC) provides assistance with the application of hydrology and hydraulics to all NRCS programs, with an emphasis on consultation and training of State personnel.

Outreach and Partnerships

Through effective partnerships, The NRCS can combine resources and expertise to support all communities — to include rural and disadvantaged communities — across the country.

NRCS and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) National Partnership

The NRCS/USACE Partnership Agreement, signed July 7, 2005, promotes a long-term working relationship to improve the management of water and related natural resources under the missions and authorities of NRCS and USACE.  The agencies have pledged to work together in the following areas:

  1. Watershed planning
  2. Wetlands creation, restoration and enhancement
  3. Natural disaster recovery. 

Activities related to Wetlands Conservation and Regulatory Compliance (The "Swampbuster" Provision of the Farm Bill and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act) will also be coordinated. 

By strengthening collaboration and communication between our two agencies, we will be better positioned to deliver quality and timely solutions to address major water resource concerns in watersheds across the landscape. 

Terry Cosby, NRCS Chief

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