Emergency Watershed Protection Program - Floodplain Easement - Arkansas River Floodplain
Acres: 1,057 Acres
Estimated Cost: $1,139,471.34
This easement includes 1,057 acres within the levee of the Arkansas River in Jefferson County. Of this area, 509 acres are in row crop production and 548 acres are wooded. Damage to the area included sedimentation and scouring and is a result of the Arkansas River overflowing its banks. Forty-seven percent of this application is restorable.
Proposed restoration of this site includes the establishment of bottomland hardwood trees and the de-leveling of previously leveled farmland. This restoration will cost $149,279 or $300 per acre.
Restoring this site will result in more stable soil which will result in improved water quality on the Arkansas River. The pallid sturgeon is an endangered fish found in the Arkansas River and improved water quality in the river will improve its habitat.
By utilizing funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and enrolling this property in EWPP-FPE , 509 acres of agricultural land will be retired from production and commodity and disaster payments will no longer be paid.
Option Agreement to Purchase signed April 15, 2010.
Easement funds were obligated April 20, 2010.
Estimated closing date – October 20, 2010.
Restoration funds – obligated September 20, 2010.
Construction is scheduled to begin October 1, 2010.