Red River Resource Conservation and Development Association
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 The Red River RC&D Council is located in north eastern North Dakota and is comprised of the following counties:  Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, and Nelson.  The area was organized by local leaders of these counties representing county commissioners, mayors, and soil conservation district supervisors.

The Red River RC&D Council area covers 3,113,950 acres.  The 2000 population (2000 census) was 90,798 people with over one-half (49,321) living in Grand Forks.  Agriculture is the main source of income and employment, followed by services.  Wholesale and retail trades 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.  The Red River RC&D Council was organized to coordinate the project activities of the sponsors and to carry out action plans for the wise and orderly improvement, development, and use of resources in the area.

The formal application requesting RC&D assistance was transmitted to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on June 10, 1972.  Notice was received from the Secretary of Agriculture on February 19, 1980 that the Red River RC&D area had been authorized for planning.

  All programs and services of the RC&D Councils are offered on a non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or family status, disability or political beliefs.