The Lake Agassiz RC&D Area is located in Southeast North Dakota and is comprised of the following counties: Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill. The area was organized by local leaders of these counties representing county commissioners, mayors and soil conservation district supervisors.
The North Dakota Statewide 208 Water Quality Management Plan (March 1979) indicates the Lake Agassiz RC&D covers 4,157,400 acres. Agriculture is the main source of income and employment, followed by services. Wholesale and retail trade are third in importance.
The RC&D concept was first introduced in 1966 when soil conservation district supervisors were informed how a project could assist them in broadening the total resource program effort. During November 1971, West Cass Soil Conservation District invited county commissioners, soil conservation district supervisors, county boards on resources and federal agency representatives to a meeting to discuss resource conservation and development. The 125 people in attendance decided to apply for an RC&D project area.
On March 23, 1972, county commissioners and soil conservation district supervisors of the six-county area met to establish a multi-county council, elect officers, adopt a constitution and bylaws and consider drafting the application.
The formal application requesting planning assistance was transmitted to the United States Department of Agriculture on May 9, 1972. Notice was received from the Secretary of Agriculture on September 19, 1972, that the Lake Agassiz RC&D Area had been authorized for planning.