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2011 Annual Report Illinois River

2011 Annual Report - Illinois River/Eucha Spavinaw Watershed Initiative

NRCS received funding for a water quality initiative in the Illinois River Sub-Basin and the Eucha-Spavinaw Lake Watershed in northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma.

The purpose of the project is to improve water quality of the Illinois River Sub-Basin and Eucha-Spavinaw Lake Watershed (which include Lake Tenkiller, Lake Eucha and Lake Spavinaw in Oklahoma) while maintaining the food and fiber production in the area.

Water quality enhancement is crucial to ensuring an adequate supply of drinkable water for the urban center of Tulsa, Okla., as well as the many smaller municipalities and individuals who rely on these water resources for their water supply.

Improving water quality will benefit recreational industries since the Illinois River is a designated scenic river.

The project is located in portions of Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas and parts of Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma.

Funding will be used to assist landowners in the 1.32 million acre area over an eight-year period. The area includes 576,517 acres in Arkansas and 739,156 acres in Oklahoma.

NRCS and its conservation partners plan to further treat and reduce water quality resource concerns through conservation practices which will avoid, control, and trap the nutrients and sediments. The combination of these kinds of practices both upland from and adjacent to the water bodies will be highly beneficial to the water resources in the area.

Arkansas 2011 Illinois River/Eucha Spavinaw Watershed Initiative Obligations by County

County Contracts Acres FY11 Financial Assistance
Benton 84 9,952.7 $2,559,958
Washington 47 4,012.02 $1,442,964
Totals 131 13,964.72 $4,002,922

Data Source: ProTracts FY11, Oct. 1, 2011