RCDs are non-regulatory, political subdivisions of the State of California (public resources code, article 9).
RCDs provide local leadership and deliver conservation measures their constituents. Board members are unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to local delivery of conservation services. All services are delivered on a strictly voluntary basis.
In the 1930s “Dust Bowl Era” the federal government recognized erosion control as a number one priority of this country if farmers were to continue with the agricultural production that would feed our nation. As a result Conservation Districts were authorized to increase leadership and provide assistance at the local level to landowners, farmers, and ranchers. Districts provide locally-led conservation efforts.