Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative

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 13-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 13 participating States are Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, 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.

2014 Sign Up Important Dates

  • Dec. 20, 2013 - Application Deadline
  • Feb. 7, 2014 - Deadline to meet eligibility and have all applications evaluated by NRCS
  • Feb. 10, 2014 - Application Selections
  • May 2, 2014 - Funding Deadline

Second Sign Up

  • January 17, 2013 - Bayou Meto Middle, Grand Prairie and Lower Arkansas (Upper)
  • March 21, 2013 - Big Watershed, Bayou Boeuf and L'Anguille

Third Sign Up

  • March 21, 2013 - Bayou Meto Middle

2014 Practices and Payment Rates

Arkansas MRBI Projects

2010-2012 Arkansas MRBI Projects Map
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2012 Projects

2012 MRBI Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative Projects

2012 MRBI Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program Projects

2011 Projects

2011 MRBI Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

2010 Projects

2010 MRBI Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative

2010 MRBI Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program

Additional MRBI Information

Conservation Practices

Monitoring and Evaluation

NRCS Programs and Initiatives

Previous Year's MRBI Information - Archived


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

Randy Childress (WREP)
Assistant State Conservationist for Easements
(501) 301-3131

Nancy Young (CCPI)
State Resource Conservationist
(501) 301-3134

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152