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2012 Lower Arkansas Upper CCPI MRBI Project

2012 MRBI CCPI Lower Arkansas (Upper) Project Area Map

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Overview

The Lower Arkansas (Upper) Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Lower Arkansas (Upper) River Watersheds that includes Snow Brake-Upper Indian Bayou, Bakers Bayou-Upper Indian Bayou, Upper Indian Bayou, Caney Creek-Salt Bayou, and Mile Branch-Salt Bayou.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Bayou Meto Water Management District, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Jefferson, Lonoke and Pulaski counties. The project area covers 131,522 acres.

Lead Partner

  • Bayou Meto Water Management District

Collaborating Partners

  • White River Irrigation District

  • Lonoke County Conservation District

  • Jefferson County Conservation District

  • Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

  • Arkansas State University

  • USDA Agricultural Research Service

  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

  • Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts

  • DieselEngineMotor.com, Inc.

  • Delta Plastics

  • Winrock International

Project Goals

The goals of the project are to improve water quality by reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment levels in the watershed by utilizing a combination of conservation practices; enhance wetlands; improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits; and maintain agricultural productivity. 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 landowners 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:

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
Pulaski County
North Little Rock Field Service Center
Room 203, NBA Building
4004 McCain Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR 27116-8026
(501) 758-2544, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 313 – Waste Storage Facility

  • 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

  • 367 – Roofs and Covers

  • 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

  • 464 – Irrigation Land Leveling

  • 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

  • 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