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USDA Announces Projects to Protect Natural Resources In the Mississippi River Basin

Sign Up Deadline, July 2, 2012, for Middle Bayou Macon project in Chicot and Desha counties

Little Rock, Ark., June 18, 2012 – Farmers and landowners in portions of Chicot and Desha counties in Arkansas have until July 2, 2012, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices through the Middle Bayou Macon Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) project.

Under MRBI, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for the project.

The goal of the project is to improve nutrient management in the watershed, especially the application and utilization of nitrogen and phosphorus; reduce nutrient loads entering the watershed; maintain agricultural productivity; enhance wetlands; improve fish and wildlife habitat; and improve water quality and biological health in streams. 

The project has been developed to address the primary resource concern of water quality in the Bayou Macon Watershed. Secondary resource concerns include water quantity, soil erosion, wildlife habitat and stream habitats.

Landowners interested in signing up or wanting more information should contact one of the following NRCS Field Service Centers: Chicot County, (870) 265-2608, ext. 3; or Desha County (870) 222-4867, ext. 3.

Additional information about the MRBI project, a project area map and conservation practices, is available at