Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative

MS MRBI MapTo 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 Watershed 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 Mississippi, 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), and the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP).

The watersheds in the Mississippi Delta are Deer Creek-Steele Bayou Watershed, Big Sunflower River Watershed, and Upper Yazoo Watersheds.

The deadline for making an application for the 2011 ranking period ends March 11th.

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Notice of Request for Proposals through the MRSI Initiative (PDF; 78KB)
USDA Seeks Project Proposals to Improve Water Quality in Mississippi River Basin News Release  (PDF; 35KB)


Clarence Finley, Resource Conservationist
Phone: (601) 965-4339 ext. 2114
Email: Clarence Finley

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