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2012 Middle Cache River CCPI MRBI Project Archived

2012 Middle Cache River Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project

2012 MRBI CCPI Middle Cache River Project Area Map

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Overview

The Middle Cache 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 Middle Cache River Watershed that includes Skillet Ditch-Overcup Ditch, Browns Creek-Overcup Ditch, Cyprus Creek-Overcup Ditch, Overcup Slough-Overcup Ditch, and Town of Gourd-Overcup Ditch.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Jackson County Conservation District, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Craighead, Jackson, Poinsett and Woodruff counties. The project area covers 121,583 acres.

Lead Partner

  • Jackson County Conservation District

Collaborating Partners

  • Arkansas State University, Ecotoxicology Research Facility

  • Agricultural Research Service, National Sedimentary Laboratory

  • The Nature Conservancy, International Conservation Environmental Group

Project Goals

The goals of the project are to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the watershed and the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, enhance wetlands, improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits. Water quantity will be enhanced through conservation practices in the project area 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:

Craighead County Jonesboro Field Service Center 3407 S. Caraway Rd., Suite 1 Jonesboro, AR 72402 (870) 972-4671, ext. 3
  Jackson County Newport Field Service Center 2115 Malcolm Newport, AR 72112 (870) 523-8986, ext. 3
Poinsett County Harrisburg Field Service Center 505 Brooks Ave. Harrisburg, AR 72432 (870) 578-2444, ext. 3
  Woodruff County Augusta Field Service Center 1274 Hwy. 64 E Augusta, AR 72006 (870) 347-2593, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 327 – Conservation Cover

  • 332 – Contour Buffer Strips

  • 340 – Cover Crop

  • 342 – Critical Area Planting

  • 345 – Residue and Tillage Management/Mulch Till

  • 356 – Dike

  • 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

  • 442 – Irrigation System, Sprinkler

  • 443 – Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface

  • 447 – Tailwater Recovery

  • 449 – Irrigation Water Management

  • 464 – Irrigation Land Leveling

  • 490 – Forest Site Preparation

  • 533 – Pumping Plant

  • 554 – Drainage Water Management

  • 587 – Structure for Water Control

  • 590 – Nutrient Management

  • 595 – Integrated Pest Management

  • 607 – Surface Drain

  • 608 – Surface Drain, Main or Lateral

  • 612 – Tree and Shrub Establishment

  • 634 – Waste Transfer

  • 643 – Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats

  • 645 – Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

  • 646 – Shallow Water Development and Management

  • 657 – Wetland Restoration

  • 799 – Monitoring

Contacts

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

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152