The Arkansas Groundwater Initiative (AGWI) is a targeted approach to address the critical groundwater decline issues in the Arkansas Delta. Through this voluntary program, financial and technical assistance will be provided to agricultural producers in seven counties: Arkansas, and Prairie; and portions of Craighead, Cross, Lonoke, Poinsett, and St. Francis.
Resource Concerns Addressed
Water Quantity (primary)
Soil Health (secondary)
Address critical groundwater decline by:
Implementing conservation practices that convert to surface water usage;
Implementing management plans that create water savings through innovative equipment technology and management techniques;
Installation of permanent flowmeters on wells and relifts for contracted acreages;
Monitor and collect accurate well water use within the critical groundwater areas creating a comprehensive network of measured wells;
Addressing soil health concerns through implementation of cover crop science in order to build and retain soil moisture throughout the soil profile.
Conservation Practice Funding
Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide financial assistance for a systems approach using approved conservation practices for the purpose of addressing resource concerns. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation must be met. Funding will be prioritized based on a tiered approach with areas with highest groundwater drawdowns being the highest priority. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.
If you need more information about EQIP, please contact one of the above offices or visit the NRCS Arkansas website at: www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov.
For more information on the Arkansas Groundwater Initiative (AGWI), please contact the Lonoke Technical Service Center at (501) 676-0283.