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2012 Big Watershed Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project

2012 MRBI Big Watershed Map

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Overview

The Big Watershed 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 Big Watershed that includes Coffee Creek, North Creek-Big Creek, Outlet Lick Creek, Hurricane Ditch, Beaver Bayou, and Johnson Bayou Ditch-Big Creek.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Phillips County Conservation District, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in a portion of Phillips County. The project area covers 125,846 acres.

Lead Partner

  • Phillips County Conservation District

Collaborating Partners

  • Arkansas County Conservation District
  • Desha County Conservation District
  • Lee County Conservation District
  • Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
  • Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Center of Aquaculture & Fisheries (UAPB)
  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
  • Helena Chemical Company
  • Phillips County Government
  • Cravens-Clark Insurance Company

Project Goals

The goals of the project are to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the Big Watershed, enhance wetlands, improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits, and maintain agricultural productivity by utilizing a combination of conservation practices.

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:

Phillips County Conservation District Helena Field Service Center 617 Walnut Street, Room 217 Helena, AR 72342 (870) 338-6651, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 324 – Deep Tillage
  • 327 – Conservation Cover
  • 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 340 – Cover Crop
  • 342 – Critical Area Planting
  • 345 – Residue and Tillage Management/Mulch Till
  • 382 – Fence
  • 386 – Field Borders
  • 393 – Filter Strip
  • 410 – Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 430 – Irrigation Water Conveyance
  • 442 – Irrigation System Sprinkler
  • 449 – Irrigation Water Management
  • 464 – Irrigation Land Leveling
  • 472 – Access Control
  • 490 – Forest Site Preparation
  • 512 – Forage and Biomass Planting
  • 516 – Pipeline
  • 528 – Prescribed Grazing
  • 533 – Pumping Plant
  • 561 – Heavy Use Area Protection
  • 587 – Structure for Water Control
  • 590 – Nutrient Management
  • 595 – Integrated Pest Management
  • 612 – Tree and Shrub Establishment
  • 614 – Watering Facility
  • 642 – Water Well
  • 646 – Shallow Water Development and Management
  • 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