People depend on soil, water, air, plants, and animals to survive. These natural resources are the source of our food, shelter, clothing, and recreation. The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County provides technical, financial, and educational assistance to help both rural and urban communities conserve, protect, and restore these natural resources.

RCD services are wide and varied to meet the diverse needs of the county’s residents, agencies, and businesses. The RCD provides soil and water conservation assistance to landowners, homeowners, growers, ranchers, schools, environmental organizations, government agencies, and consultants.

A partial list of available programs and information follows:
  • The RCD, in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), may provide land users access to technical assistance for conservation practices such as irrigation and water management, erosion and flood control, waste management, and habitat restoration. Information on fire protection and pollution prevention is also available.
  • The RCD manages the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden in partnership with the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation. Local gardeners lease one hundred thirty-six plots.
  • Qualifying students can apply for five RCD Conservation Scholarships offered annually.
  • The RCD manages the San Diego Garden-based Learning Resource Center.
  • The RCD provides access to technical assistance for government agencies for the practice of conservation such as stormwater runoff, erosion and flood control, and habitat restoration.