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2011 Annual Report MRBI

2011 Annual Report - Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative

To improve the health of the Mississippi River Basin, including water quality and wildlife habitat, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI).

Through this Initiative, NRCS and its partners will help producers in selected watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin voluntarily implement conservation practices and systems that avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff; improve wildlife habitat; and maintain agricultural productivity.

The focus areas in Arkansas are Lake Conway-Point Remove, L’Anguille, Cache, Lower St. Francis, Bayou Macon, Boeuf River and Little River Ditches watersheds.

Six Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative projects were selected for funding in Arkansas in 2010 and five in 2011 from within the eligible watersheds.

Arkansas’s projects are:

  • L’Anguille River Watershed Coalition (2010)

  • Lake Conway-Point Remove Wetlands Reclamation and Irrigation District (2010)

  • St. Francis County and Lee County Conservation Districts, Outlet Larkin Creek (2010)

  • Northeast Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, Little River Ditches (2010)

  • Northeast Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, Lower St. Francis (2010)

  • Cache River Watershed Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (2010)

  • Bayou Boeuf (2011)

  • Cache River Nutrient Loss Reduction (2011)

  • Lower St. Francis Nutrient Loss Reduction (2011)

  • Lower Bayou Macon (2011)

  • Middle Bayou Macon (2011)

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Project Contracts Acres FY11 Financial
Assistance
L'Anguille River 20 12,030 $423,582
Outlet Larkin Creek 6 766 $379,432.95
Point Remove 39 14,589 $1,871,890.58
Lower St. Francis (2010) 48 10,373 $685,622.75
Lower St. Francis (2011) 17 1,936 $425,955
Little River Ditches 60 9,236 $725,188.92
Cache River (2011 CCPI) 3 1,431 $195,096
Middle Bayou Macon 24 8,178 $890,418
Lower Bayou Macon 4 2,406 $313,096
Bayou Boeuf 4 2,015 $329,786
Totals 225 62,960 $6,240,068

Conservation Stewardship Program

Project Contracts Acres

FY11 Financial
Assistance

L'Anguille River 8 9,789.9 $245,146
Bayou Boeuf 1 1,978 $40,000
Lower Bayou Macon 1 2,048.2 $55,431
Totals 10 13,816.1 $340,577

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program

Project Contracts Acres

FY11 Financial
Assistance

L'Anguille River 1 105 $17,826
Totals 1 105 $17,826

Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program

Project Parcels Acres

FY11 Financial
Assistance

Cache River (WREP) 13 4,200 $5,188,743
Totals 13 4,200 $5,188,743

Total FY 11 MRBI (EQIP, CSP, WHIP, WREP)

Contracts/Parcels Acres

FY11 Financial
Assistance

249 81,801

$11,787,214

Unofficial Data Source: ProTracts FY11, Dec. 2, 2011