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Iowa Conservation Engineering

A Carroll County, Iowa terrace.

The Iowa NRCS Engineering staff is comprised of agricultural and civil engineers, geologists, and engineering technicians that provide innovative, economical, and timely services to NRCS staff, conservation partners and private landowners. We provide planning, design, and construction services to solve problems related to soil erosion, water quality, agricultural waste management, and wetland restoration. We invite you to view our Iowa NRCS Engineering Web Page to locate the tools and information to solve your conservation engineering issues.

National engineering manuals, handbooks, and other engineering references may be found by either going to the national directives website at or by clicking on the following path from this web page: Topics → People → NRCS Employees → eDirectives → National NRCS Directives System. Either of these methods will get you to the National Directives website. If you are looking for a Handbook, click on “Handbooks” at the menu on the left side of the screen. Then click on the “+” by Title 210 – Engineering. Then click on the “+” by National Engineering Handbook. The Sections and Parts of the Handbook will be shown. Click on the reference you want to use.

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Christian Osborn, Iowa NRCS State Engineer
Phone: 515-284-4357