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2012 East Arkansas Enterprise Community, L'Anguille River CCPI MRBI Project

 

2012 MRBI EAEC L'Anguille River Project Area Map

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Overview

The East Arkansas Enterprise Community, L’Anguille River 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 L’Anguille River that includes Lick Creek, Big Tellico Creek, Spybuck Creek, Unnamed Creek, and Coffee Creek.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Inc., has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Cross and St. Francis counties. The project area covers 90,301 acres.

Lead Partner

  • East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Inc.

Collaborating Partners

  • Cross County Conservation District

  • St. Francis County Conservation District

  • Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

  • Audubon Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Center of Aquaculture & Fisheries

Project Goals

The goals of the project are to improve water quality by managing and optimizing nutrient management, reduce downstream nutrient loads, reduce sediment entering the watershed, enhance wetlands, and improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits. Water quality and water quantity will be enhanced through a combination of conservation practices in the project area.

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:

  • Cross County Wynne Field Service Center 810 Highway 64E, Suite 13 Wynne, AR 72396 (870) 238-3285, ext. 3
  • St. Francis County Forrest City Field Service Center 4401 N. Washington Suite A Forrest City, AR 72335 (870) 633-3055, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation
  • 340 – Cover Crop
  • 342 – Critical Area Planting
  • 345 – Residue Management/Mulch Till
  • 382 – Fence
  • 386 – Field Borders
  • 391 – Riparian Forest Buffer
  • 393 – Filter Strip
  • 410 – Grade Stabilization Structure
  • 430 – Irrigation Pipeline
  • 441 – Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation
  • 449 – Irrigation Water Management
  • 464 – Irrigation Land Leveling
  • 490 – Forest Site Preparation
  • 512 – Forage and Biomass Planting
  • 528 – Prescribed Grazing
  • 533 – Pumping Plant
  • 554 – Drainage Water Management
  • 587 – Structure for Water Control
  • 590 – Nutrient Management
  • 607 – Surface Drain Field Ditch
  • 608 – Surface Drain, Main or Lateral
  • 612 – Tree and Shrub Establishment
  • 614 – Watering Facility
  • 638 – Water and Sediment Control Basin
  • 642 – Water Well
  • 645 – Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
  • 657 – Wetland Restoration
  • 799 – Monitoring

Conservation Activity Plans

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

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