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2012 Bayou Meto (Arkansas County) CCPI MRBI Project

Bayou Meto (Arkansas County) MRBI Project Area Map

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Overview

Bayou Meto (Arkansas County) Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in Bayou Meto that includes Lower Crocked Creek, King Bayou-Bayou Meto, Upper Mill Bayou, King Bayou, Hurricane Bayou, Kaney Bayou-Bayou Meto, Middle Mill Bayou, Rodgers-Bayou Meto, Lower Mill Bayou, Bayou Meto Outlet, and Bills Bayou.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Arkansas County Conservation District, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Arkansas, Jefferson and Lonoke counties in the Bayou Meto Watershed. The project area covers 238,106 acres.

Lead Partner

  • Arkansas County Conservation District

Collaborating Partners

  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
  • Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • AgPro John Deere
  • Prairie Implement
  • Southeast Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development
  • DeWitt Fertilizer Co.
  • Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • White River Irrigation District
  • Jimmy Sanders, Inc
  • Tri-Bayou Irrigation Conservation District
  • AgHeritage Farm Credit Services

Project Goals

The goals of the project are to improve water quality, reduced sediment and nutrient loads entering the watershed, enhance wetlands, improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits, and improve the biological health of the streams. Water quality and water quantity will be enhanced through conservation practices in the project area to improve water quality and reduce ground water mining of the aquifer.

Conservation Practice Funding

Funding will be available to eligible landowner through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide financial assistance for a variety of conservation practices for the purpose of reducing the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agricultural production. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation must be met to participate in this initiative. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.

How to Apply for MRBI

NRCS and associated conservation partners will deliver this program collaboratively. Applications may be obtained and filed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at:

Arkansas County
DeWitt Field Service Center
1015 West Second Street
DeWitt, AR 72042
870-946-3331, ext. 3  

Jefferson County
Pine Bluff Field Service Center
Federal Building, Room 2603
100 East 8th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
(870) 534-3200, ext. 3  

Lonoke County
Lonoke Field Service Center
1300 North Center, Suite 8
Lonoke, AR 72086
501-676-5116, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 324 – Deep Tillage

  • 327 – Conservation Cover

  • 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation

  • 329 – Residue Management, No-Till

  • 340 – Cover Crop

  • 342 – Critical Area Planting

  • 345 – Residue Management, Mulch Till

  • 346 – Residue Management, Ridge Till

  • 386 – Field Border

  • 390 – Riparian Herbaceous Cover

  • 391 – Riparian Forest Buffer

  • 393 – Filter Strip

  • 410 – Grade Stabilization Structure

  • 430 – Irrigation Pipeline

  • 436 – Irrigation Reservoir

  • 443 – Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface

  • 447 – Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery

  • 449 – Irrigation Water Management

  • 484 – Mulching

  • 490 – Tree and Shrub Preparation

  • 533 – Pumping Plant

  • 554 – Drainage Water Management

  • 587 – Structure for Water Control

  • 590 – Nutrient Management

  • 608 – Surface Drain, Main or Lateral

  • 612 – Tree and Shrub Establishment

  • 634 – Waste Transfer

  • 643 – Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats

  • 645 – Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

  • 646 – Shallow Water Development and Management

  • 657 – Wetland Restoration

  • 658 – Wetland Creation

  • 659 – Wetland Enhancement

Conservation Activity Plans

  • 104 – Nutrient Management CAP
  • 114 – Integrated Pest Management CAP
  • 118 – Irrigation Water Management CAP

Conservation Activity

  • 201 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring and Evaluation
  • 202 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring, Equipment Installation

Contacts

Nancy Young
State Resource Conservationist
(501) 301-3134

Kenneth Lee
Assistant Conservationist for Programs
(501) 301-3165

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152