2011 Middle Bayou Macon MRBI Project Archived
2011 Middle Bayou Macon MRBI/CCPI Project
Sign Up Deadline July 2, 2012 - News Release
The Middle Bayou Macon - Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Middle Bayou Macon watershed. The project area encompasses 2,045-square miles.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Desha County Conservation District has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Desha and Chicot counties.
Collaborating partners are the Southeast Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Center of Aquaculture and Fisheries; University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture; Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Chicot County Conservation District; Scott Equipment; Retail Agronomy and John Deere.
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.
The project has been developed to address the primary resource concern of water quality in the Bayou Macon Watershed. Secondary resource concerns include water quantity, soil erosion, wildlife habitat and stream habitats.
Conservation Practice Funding
Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide cost-share 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 in EQIP 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:
Chicot County Lake Village FSC 3219 Hwy. S 65&82 Lake Village, AR 71653 (870) 265-2608, ext. 3
Desha County McGehee FSC 3303 Hwy. 65 North McGehee, AR 71654 (870) 222-4867, ext. 3
Approved Conservation Practices
State Resource Conservationist
Assistant Conservationist for Programs