Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development works with partners from throughout our region to explore natural resource based economic development opportunities while at the same time protecting and enhancing natural resources. Our mission is to recognize opportunities and provide leadership to make Northeast Iowa a vibrant, place-based model for the nation!

We love the people, places, and local systems that make Northeast Iowa unique and special. We work on projects that are locally conceived, with partners that are passionate and creative. Our organization uses a bottom-up approach to economic development and natural resource enhancement that involves and empowers citizens rather than a top-down approach that dictates solutions. Northeast Iowa RC&D stands beside partners, first empowering them and recognizing their talents, gifts and knowledge, and then providing our expertise.

  • Pick up your guide to one of Eastern Iowa’s premier recreational rivers and enjoy the sight-seeing, fishing, birding, camping, hiking, wildlife-watching, or a relaxing float on this gentle-flowing, intimate river. The Maquoketa traverses the diverse landscape of Eastern Iowa and passes through several Iowa treasures: Backbone State......

  • The RC&D is pleased to announce the addition of three new employees to the RC&D team.  Hans Larson, Halina Pyzdrowski and Morgan Thias all joined the RC&D staff starting January 4th!  These three have already proven to be eager learners, willing helpers, and friendly faces.......

  • For the past 2 years, educators in Northeast Iowa have been invited to bring their students to the Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration (RUSD) Site on the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Campus in Postville, Iowa. Visits to the RUSD Site include a tour of......

  • The Scenic Byways and Iowa Tourism Office have partnered on an exciting new promotional initiative that features the four byways the RC&D coordinates – the Driftless Area, River Bluffs, Delaware Crossing, and Grant Wood scenic byways.  These four are part of a dozen scenic byways......

  • Northeast Iowa RC&D was recently awarded a grant from the Arlin Falck Foundation to work with Winneshiek County Development and Tourism (WCDT) to identify a site for and to begin the development of a Small Business Enterprise Center in Winneshiek County. RC&D Small Business Consultant......

  • Northeast Iowa RC&D was announced as one of three members of an elite place-based flood prevention model made possible through the American Flood Coalition (AFC).  The RC&D along with the two other awardees, The Coalition for Environment, Equality, and Resilience in Harris County Texas, and......