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Pickwick Lake Watershed - 2006 CSP


Pickwick Lake Watershed counties with streamsThe Pickwick Lake Watershed (HUC Number: 06030005) lies in the Northwest corner of Alabama. The watershed is shared with Mississippi and Tennessee. As its name indicates, the watershed drains into Pickwick Lake, one of several reservoirs on the Tennessee River System. Pickwick Lake is a major recreation lake that has experienced significant impacts related to erosion and nutrients in run-off from agricultural lands.

Pickwick Lake Watershed consists of 1,462,000 acres that flows into the Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River. This lake is used for recreation, navigation, and municipal and industrial water supply. The land use of the watershed includes 325,000 acres of cropland and 240,350 acres of pasture or about 38 percent. Forest, urban and other makes up the rest. Soils range include soils of the Limestone Valleys, Coastal Plains and Uplands and the Southern Appalachian Ridges and Valleys (128), Sand Mountain (129), Southern Coastal Plains (133) and Highland Rim and Pennyroyal (122) major land resource areas. These are very productive soils, but very susceptible to erosion. In addition to the resource concerns that typically come with highly erodible cropland and pasture operations, this area has a highly concentrated poultry industry producing thousands of tons of poultry litter annually being spread on this pasture and cropland. A significant portion of this watershed is identified on the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s (ADEM) 303d listed streams.

The Pickwick Lake Watershed is located in parts of Hardin, Lawrence and Wayne Counties in Tennessee; Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence Counties in Alabama; and Alcorn, Prentiss, and Tishomingo Counties in Mississippi.

Cover Use Acres 

Cover/Use Acres
(in thousands)
Cropland/cultivated 325
Pasture/grassland 240.4
Forest 838.1
Urban 58.5
Other 623.9
Total 2,085.9

NRCS County Offices in Pickwick Lake Watershed

Alabama Tennessee Mississippi
Colbert - (256) 383-4323 Hardin - (731) 925-3831 Alcorn - (662) 287-7223
Franklin - (256) 332-0274 Lawrence - (931) 762-6913 Prentiss - (662) 728-7985
Lauderdale - (256) 764-5833 Wayne - (931) 762-6913
  (District (931) 722-3553)
Tishomingo - (662) 423-6272
Lawrence - (256) 974-1174    

Tennessee NRCS CSP Website
Mississippi NRCS CSP Website

Basic CSP eligibility criteria, and how contract payments are made.

Additional maps

Additional Information

These documents require Adobe Acrobat

Pasture Condition Score Sheet (.pdf, 55.7 KB) NEW!
Guide to Pasture Condition Scoring ( may take a few minutes to load - .pdf, 8.9 MB) NEW!
Alabama NRCS Desirable Grass Species (.pdf, 98 KB) NEW!
Alabama Self-Assessment Workbook (1-06) (.pdf, 1451 KB)
        To complete the Self-Assessment on-line, go to the National NRCS website
        CSP Self-Assessment (will open in a new window)
CSP 2006 Enrollment Categories-Criteria by Land Use and Category (.pdf, 259 KB)
CSP Workbook (displays type of records needed to document practices)  (.pdf, )
Conservation Security Program Eligibility, Qualification, and Application Steps Fact Sheet (1-06) (.pdf, 192 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions about the CSP Water Quality Eligibility Tool (.pdf, 31KB)
CSP 2006 Water Quality Eligibility Criteria for Grazing Lands (.pdf, 59KB)
CSP 2006 Water Quality Eligibility Tool Instructions (.pdf, 71KB)
CSP 2006 Water Quality Eligibility Tool Instructions Hard Copy (.pdf, 30KB)
Pickwick Lake Watershed 2006 CSP Cost List (Enhancements) (.pdf, 78 KB)
Pickwick Lake Watershed 2006 CSP Cost List (New Practices) (.pdf, 30 KB)

CSP Energy Enhancement NEW!

Energy Assessment Worksheet  (.pdf, 37 KB)
Energy Audit Guidance (.pdf, 34 KB)
Baseline Energy Self-Assessment Guidance (.pdf, 34 KB)

CSP Energy Jobsheets

Energy Audits of Agricultural Operations E-01 (.pdf, 37 KB)
Energy Enhancement Activities General Information (.pdf, 195 KB)
Energy Use Reduction E-07 (.pdf, 44 KB)
Recycle 100 Percent of On-Farm Lubricants E-02 (.pdf, 36KB)
Reduced Soil Tillage Intensity and Frequency E-03 (.pdf, 95 KB)
Renewable Energy Generation E-06 (.pdf, 42 KB)
Renewable Fuel E-05 (.pdf, 123 KB)
Use of Manure Legumes and Other Nutrient Sources E-04 (.pdf, 69 KB)

Other CSP Jobsheets 

Grazing Management (.pdf, 251 KB)
Habitat Management (.pdf, 232 KB)
Irrigation Management (.pdf, 128 KB)
Nutrient Management (.pdf, 175 KB)
Pest Management (.pdf, 259 KB)
Soil Management  (.pdf, 40 KB)

These documents require Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft ExcelWildife Biodiversity Index (BDI) for CSP in Alabama (Excel, 105 KB) NEW!

Microsoft ExcelCSP 2006 Irrigation Enhancement Index IWM Assessment Tool (Excel, 750 KB)

Microsoft ExcelCSP 2006 Water Quality Eligibility Tool Version 1.01 (Excel, 164 KB)

Microsoft ExcelCSP 2006 Water Quality Eligibility Tool Version 1.01 Hard Copy (Excel, 157 KB)

Microsoft ExcelPasture Condition Scoresheet - Standard for Southeast Grass/Legume Mixed Pasture (Excel, 26 KB)