Does the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) enforce water quality laws on farms and ranches?


NRCS is not a regulatory agency and does not enforce environmental laws or regulations. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance so farmers and ranchers can proactively identify potential environmental issues and avoid violating any laws or regulations. NRCS must ensure it does not assist clients in violating any environmental requirements. For example, obtaining a required permit issued by a non-USDA agency may be a condition of receiving NRCS financial assistance.

Answer adapted from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service National Environmental Policy.