2012 Batture Lands Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program Project
The Batture Lands - Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) - Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in parts of the Mississippi River watershed.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with Mississippi River Trust (MRT) has received funding for the initiative. Funding is available for portions of Chicot, Crittenden, Desha, Lee, Mississippi and Phillips counties.
Funding will be available to eligible landowners through WREP. NRCS will purchase easements and MRT will restore hydrology and vegetation reducing the amount of nutrient runoff and sediments deposited in the Mississippi River associated with agricultural production. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation in Wetlands Reserve Program must be met to participate in this 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:
Chicot County Lake Village Field Service Center 3219 S Highway 65 & 82 Lake Village, AR 71653 (870) 265-2608, ext. 3 Crittenden County Marion Field Service Center 1 Natural Resource Drive Marion, AR 72364 (870) 739-4464, ext. 3 Desha County McGehee Field Service Center 3303 Hwy. 65 North McGehee, AR 71654 (870) 222-4867, ext. 3 Lee County Marianna Field Service Center 30 South Poplar Marianna, AR 72360 (870) 295-5211, ext. 3 Mississippi County Osceola Field Service Center 3137 W. Keiser Osceola, AR 72370 (870) 563-3207, ext. 3 Phillips County Helena Field Service Center 617 Walnut St. Helena, AR 72342 (870) 338-6651, ext. 3
Assistant State Conservationist for Easements