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Conservation Engineering

Our Vision:

Excellence in Conservation, by Design

Our Mission: 

Leading Innovative Engineering Solutions to Natural Resource Conservation


The NRCS applies sound engineering tools and principles to plan, design, and implement conservation practices and systems through delegated approval authority.

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Engineering assistance can be obtained from NRCS field offices, area offices, state offices, national centers, and the Conservation Engineering Division in Washington, DC.

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The NRCS Conservation Engineering Division (CED) provides national technical leadership to engineering and environmental functions throughout the agency.  Please view CED's Roles and Responsibilities.

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The Conservation Engineering Division advises on agency technical activities, policy development and emerging key engineering issues: Farm Bill Technical Support, Field Office Technical Guide, Snow Survey/ Water Supply Forecasting, Aging Watershed Infrastructure, Animal Manure Management, Air Quality/ Water Quality, Dam Safety and Security, Disaster Recovery.
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