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2012 Annual Report Point Remove Success Story

2012 Annual Report - Lake Conway-Point Remove Watershed Irrigation and MRBI Projects Improving Water Quality

Natural Resources Conservation Service projects in the Lake Conway-Point Remove Watershed in Pope and Conway counties in Arkansas are improving water quality by minimizing soil erosion and nutrient loss and providing much needed irrigation water.

Through the Point Remove Wetland Reclamation and Irrigation Project and Mississippi River Basin Initiative, Tim Ralston, owner of Arkansas River Valley Farm, LP, located in Atkins Bottoms, has increased production and profits while helping the environment.

Conservation Technical Assistance helped Ralston improve his water delivery system on his 4,000-acre operation.

Conservation practices such as land leveling, pumping plants, structures for water control, and irrigation pipelines allow him to minimize the surface water needed for crop production and eliminate runoff during the growing season. He is now able to eliminate erosion and reduce nutrient loss when the water is drained from the field for harvest through the use of grade stabilization structures and heavy use areas.

This system approach conserves water, reduces erosion and reduces nutrient runoff which would have entered the Arkansas River.