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Water Quality and Wetlands | Missouri NRCS

NRCS Announces Projects for Mississippi River Basin

Owners of land along the Mississippi River in New Madrid, Pemiscot and Mississippi counties in Missouri could be eligible for financial and technical assistance for water quality and wetland projects under a new program announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

When fully implemented, the project will prevent sediment and nutrients from entering waterways, decrease flooding and improve bird and fish habitat in six states. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the project, which will provide $20 million to landowners in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Another $12 million will go toward four other projects in Arkansas and Iowa.

Harold Deckerd, NRCS assistant state conservationist in Missouri, said eligible land is located between the Mississippi River and the river’s primary levee.

“The goal of this project is to increase the number of acres with bottomland hardwood trees along the river in those three counties,” Deckerd said. “Our goal in Missouri is to enroll 500 acres.”

 Landowners interested in applying for funding should contact local NRCS offices.  The sign up period will end Monday, June 18.

NRCS will provide funding for these new projects through its Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), part of the agency’s Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). Learn more about WREP by clickinghere and find out about other NRCS programs and initiatives here.

NRCS is celebrating the 20th anniversary of WRP this year. More than 11,000 of America’s private landowners have voluntarily enrolled more than 2.3 million acres into the WRP, including about 140,000 acres in Missouri.


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