History & General Council Information

Federal Public Law 87‐903 created the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program in 1962 with responsibilities assigned to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Locally, community leaders from a multi‐county region form and manage an RC&D Council. Each RC&D Council is an independent 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. RC&D Councils focus their efforts on four areas, community development, land conservation, water management, and land management. Currently there are over 370 RC&D Councils serving the United States and its territories.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council was created in 1992 through the leadership efforts provided by the county conservation districts. SEPA RC&D was formally incorporated in 1994.