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2012 Bayou Meto (Middle) CCPI MRBI Project Archived

2012 Bayou Meto (Middle) Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project

2012 MRBI Bayou Meto (Middle) Project Map

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Overview

The Bayou Meto (Middle) 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 Bayou Meto Watershed that includes White Oak Branch-Bayou Two Prairie, Skinners Branch-Bayou Two Prairie, Upper Big Ditch-Bayou Meto, Bayou Two Prairie Outlet, Middle Big Ditch-Bayou Meto, and Lower Big Ditch-Bayou Meto.

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 Arkansas, Jefferson, Lonoke and Prairie counties. The project area covers 249,349 acres.

Lead Partner

  • Bayou Meto Water Management District

Collaborating Partners

  • White River Irrigation District

  • Arkansas County Conservation District

  • Lonoke County Conservation District

  • Prairie 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; enhance wetlands; improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits; and maintain agricultural productivity by utilizing a combination of conservation practices. 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:

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   Prairie County Hazen Field Service Center 1600 Industrial Street Hazen, AR 72064 (870) 255-3573, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 313 – Waste Storage Facility
  • 324 – Deep Tillage
  • 327 – Conservation Cover
  • 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 329 – Residue and Tillage Management/No–till
  • 340 – Cover Crop
  • 342 – Critical Area Planting
  • 345 – Residue and Tillage Management/Mulch Till
  • 346 – Residue and Tillage Management/Ridge Till
  • 386 – Field Border
  • 390 – Riparian Herbaceous Cover
  • 391 – Riparian Forest Buffer
  • 393 – Filter Strip
  • 410 – Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 430 – Irrigation Water Conveyance
  • 436 – Irrigation Reservoir
  • 443 – Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface
  • 447 - Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery
  • 449 – Irrigation Water Management
  • 484 – Mulching
  • 490 – Forest Site 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
  • 799 – Monitoring

Conservation Activity Plans

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

Contacts

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

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152