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2011 Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program Information Archived

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative

Arkansas FY 2011 MRBI Annual Report

2010 and 2011 MRBI Approved Projects
To improve the health of the Mississippi River Basin, including water quality and wildlife habitat, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). Through this new 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 Initiative will build on the past efforts of producers, NRCS, partners, and other State and Federal agencies in the 12-State Initiative area, including Arkansas, to address nutrient loading in the Mississippi River Basin. Nutrient loading contributes to both local water quality problems and the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The 12 participating States are Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. MRBI will be implemented by NRCS through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), and other programs.

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

Fiscal Year 2011 Projects Selected in Arkansas

Five CCPI projects were chosen in Arkansas. The projects, first year funding and sponsors are:

Fiscal Year 2010 Projects Selected in Arkansas

Fiscal Year 2011 MRBI Conservation Innovation Grants

On August 22, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the winning proposals for the 2011 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Through CIG, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing nearly $22.5 million in innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues.  Of the 4 grants Arkansas is part of, two support development of conservation innovations in the Mississippi River Basin.  The two grants (shown below) total $856,170.

Additional MRBI Information

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Conservation Practices

Monitoring and Evaluation

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NRCS Programs and Initiatives

Fiscal Year 2011 Project Proposal Information

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Nancy Young
State Resource Conservationist
(501) 301-3134

Kenneth Lee
Assistant Conservationist for Programs
(501) 301-3165

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152