The National Association of Conservation Districts maintains relationships with organizations and government agencies, publishes information about our districts, works with leaders in agriculture, conservation, environment, education, industry and other fields, and provides services to all districts. The website you are reading right now is hosted by NACD, providing web services to conservation districts across the nation, who might not otherwise have a web presence.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been working hand-in-hand with the American people to conserve natural resources on private lands. NRCS partnered with the first Soil & Water Conservation Districts in 1937 to promote conservation nationwide.
The Office of Agricultural Water Policy (OAWP) was established in 1995 by the Florida Legislature to facilitate communications among federal, state, local agencies, and the agricultural industry on water quantity and water quality issues involving agriculture. In this effort, the OAWP is actively involved in the development of Best Management Practices (BMPs), addressing both water quality and water conservation on a site specific, regional, and watershed basis. As a significant part of this effort, the office is directly involved with statewide programs to implement the Federal Clean Water Act’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements for agriculture. The OAWP works cooperatively with agricultural producers and industry groups, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the university system, the Water Management Districts, and other interested parties to develop and implement BMP Programs that are economically and technically feasible.
Tropical Research and Education Center was established in 1929 by an act of the State Legislature in what is now Miami-Dade County on land donated by the Krome family and Mr. Charles E. Schaff. Research, teaching, and extension programs focus on tropical and subtropical fruits, and tropical and temperate vegetable crops and secondarily on ornamental crops of southern Florida. The South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District has funded research projects at TREC which are specific to agriculture in South Dade. Abstracts are available on the TREC website. Research by the late Dr. Herbert H. Bryan, a South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor for many years, may be accessed through this portal.
The South Florida Water Management District is a state agency responsible for most water resources related issues, from providing flood protection and water supply to people living in cities and on farms, to restoring and managing natural ecosystems.
Since 1951, the association represents the interests of nearly 2,000 foliage, woody and floriculture producers, landscape contractors and interiorscapers, retailers and allied suppliers. Representation, professional education and marketing encompass the services provided to its members and the industry.
The Everglades National Park is a 1.5 million-acre park at the southernmost tip of the Everglades ecosystem. It has been named an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance. Florida’s Everglades is the largest wetland and subtropical wilderness in the United States, and is a unique ecological resource.
The EPA Environmental Protection Agency is an agency set up by the United States Government to protect human health and the environment. The U.S. Congress writes environmental laws and the EPA implements and enforces these laws by writing and setting national standards and regulations that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations.