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Active Irrigation Projects

Active Irrigation Projects

Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project

Combines on-farm conservation measures and irrigation storage reservoirs with an irrigation canal network to deliver surface water throughout the area. Will also preserve the alluvial and Sparta aquifers by providing supplemental irrigation water to approximately 240,000 acres of cropland. Seasonal flooding of 38,000 acres of cropland will provide fall and winter feeding and nesting areas for waterfowl.

NRCS completed 249 on farm contracts totaling more than $25 million between 2000 and 2009. The sponsor is the White River Regional Irrigation Distribution District.

Financial Assistance: USACE funding for implementation of on-farm measures was authorized at $25 million for FY01, and $55 million for the next three to five years. NRCS plans, surveys, designs and oversees construction of these on-farm conservation practices.

Technical Assistance: Technical Assistance will be provided by NRCS for planning, design, and construction of the on-farm measures and many of the irrigation features.

Bayou Meto Basin

Protects ground water; provides a sustained water supply for irrigation of about 300,000 acres of cropland and fish farming, provides major flood control benefits and enhances 55,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat, including the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management area. The sponsors are Bayou Meto Regional Irrigation Water Distribution District and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

Financial Assistance: Federal funding for the project will be provided through the Corps of Engineers. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has committed $8 million for the non-federal portion of the improvements in the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management area. Approximately $82 million will be spent for the on-farm features. The schedule calls for the construction to be completed in a seven year period beginning in FY 2010.

Technical Assistance: Technical Assistance will be provided by NRCS for planning, design, and construction of the on-farm measures and many of the irrigation water features.

Boeuf-Tensas

Provides an adequate water supply for irrigation of more than 800,000 acres of cropland, preserves drinking water for rural communities and includes wildlife enhancement measures. The sponsors are the Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Jefferson and Lincoln county conservation districts; and Boeuf-Tensas Irrigation District.

Financial Assistance: Federal funding for the project will be provided through the Corps of Engineers.

Technical Assistance: $120,000 was provided in FY01. Approximately $1.8 million per year will be needed when the project is under construction. Sponsors and the State of Arkansas raised $800,000 to match federal funds. Local and state matching funds of this magnitude and greater are needed in future years for FA and TA.

Walnut Bayou

The Walnut Bayou project in Little River County will supply water for 30,000 acres of cropland. Initial planning for this project has begun. The sponsors obtained $100,000 in funding for project planning through the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC).

The project area begins at the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line and continues east along Walnut Bayou to its confluence with the Red River. The sponsor is the Walnut Bayou Irrigation District.

Program Contact

Walt Delp, P.E.
State Conservation Engineer
(501) 301-3141