2011 Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative Projects
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Chief Dave White today announced $14.4 million of targeted funding in fiscal year 2011 to help eligible agricultural producers in the Mississippi River Basin voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.
White announced the selection of five new projects in Arkansas that will provide technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to implement conservation practices that prevent, control and trap nutrient runoff from agricultural land; and restore and protect wetlands. Nineteen projects were selected nationwide.
“The projects selected in Arkansas will be implemented working with our conservation partners to accelerate conservation treatment to improve water quality, maintain productivity and enhance wildlife habitat,” said NRCS State Conservationist Michael Sullivan. “Funding for the five new projects will total approximately $13.76 million over the next 4 years.”
“These new projects, along with the six projects previously selected in FY 2010, will help us increase the amount of land in Arkansas where practices are installed to reduce the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agricultural production,” Sullivan said.
Middle Bayou Macon, $881,000, Desha County Conservation District – The goal of the project is to improve nutrient management in the watershed, especially the application and utilization of nitrogen and phosphorus; reduce nutrient loads entering the watershed; maintain agricultural productivity; enhance wetlands; improve fish and wildlife habitat; and improve water quality and biological health in streams. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Desha and Chicot counties.
Bayou Boeuf, $654,623, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts – The goals of the project are to improve nutrient management in the watershed, especially the application and utilization of nitrogen and phosphorus, reduce nutrient loads entering the watershed, maintain agricultural productivity, enhance wetlands, improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits, and improve water quality and biological health in streams. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Ashley and Chicot counties in Arkansas and Morehouse and West Carroll parishes in Louisiana.