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2012 Wapanocca Lake Watershed CCPI MRBI Project Archived

2012 Wapanocca Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project

2012 MRBI CCPI Wapanocca Lake Watershed Project Area Map

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Overview

Wapanocca Lake 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 Wapanocca Lake Watershed that includes Bell Hammer Slough and Ditch No. 9-Fifteen Mile Bayou.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Crittenden County Conservation District, has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in a portion of Crittenden County in the Wapanocca Lake Watershed. The project area covers 51,012 acres.

Lead Partner

  • Crittenden County Conservation District

Collaborating Partners

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Project Goals

The goals of the project are to improve water quality by reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment loads entering the watershed and to Wapanocca Wildlife Refuge. Water quality will be enhanced through 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:

Crittenden County Marion Field Service Center 1 Natural Resources Drive Marion, AR 72364 (870) 739-4464, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 324 – Deep Tillage

  • 327 – Conservation Cover

  • 328 – Conservation Crop Rotation

  • 329 – Residue and Tillage Management/No-till

  • 340 – Cover Crop

  • 386 – Field Border

  • 393 – Filter Strip

  • 410 – Grade Stabilization Structure

  • 430 – Irrigation Water Conveyance

  • 436 – Irrigation Reservoir

  • 442 – Irrigation System Sprinkler

  • 443 – Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface

  • 449 – Irrigation Water Management

  • 464 – Irrigation Land Leveling

  • 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