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2011 Middle Bayou Macon MRBI Project

Overview2011 MRBI Middle Bayou Macon Project Area

The Middle Bayou Macon - Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Middle Bayou Macon watershed. The project area encompasses 2,045-square miles.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Desha County Conservation District has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Desha and Chicot counties.

Collaborating partners are the Southeast Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Center of Aquaculture and Fisheries; University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture; Arkansas Game and Fish Commission; Chicot County Conservation District; Scott Equipment; Retail Agronomy and John Deere.

Project Goal

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.

Conservation Practice Funding

Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide cost-share for a variety of conservation practices for the purpose of reducing the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agricultural production. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation in EQIP must be met to participate in this initiative. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.

How to Apply for MRBI

NRCS and associated conservation partners will deliver this program collaboratively. Applications may be obtained and filed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at:

Chicot County Lake Village FSC 3219 Hwy. S 65&82 Lake Village, AR 71653 (870) 265-2608, ext. 3 Desha County McGehee FSC 3303 Hwy. 65 North McGehee, AR 71654 (870) 222-4867, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices*

  • 324 Deep Tillage

  • 327 Conservation Cover

  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation

  • 329 Residue Management, No-till

  • 340 Cover Crop

  • 342 Critical Area Planting

  • 345 Residue Management, Mulch Till

  • 346 Residue Management, Ridge Till

  • 356 Dike

  • 381 Silvopasture Establishment

  • 382 Fence

  • 386 Field Border

  • 390 Riparian Herbaceous Cover

  • 391 Riparian Forest Buffer

  • 393 Filter Strip

  • 410 Grade Stabilization Structure

  • 430 Irrigation Pipeline

  • 436 Irrigation Reservoir

  • 441 Irrigation System, Micro Irrigation

  • 442 Irrigation System, Sprinkler

  • 443 Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface
  • 447 Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery
  • 449 Irrigation Water Management

  • 464 Irrigation Land Leveling

  • 472 Access Control

  • 484 Mulching

  • 490 Tree and Shrub Preparation

  • 512 Forage and Biomass Planting

  • 516 Livestock Pipeline

  • 528 Prescribed Grazing

  • 533 Pumping Plant

  • 561 Heavy Use Area Protection

  • 578 Stream Crossing

  • 587 Structure for Water Control

  • 590 Nutrient Management

  • 608 Surface Drain, Main or Lateral

  • 612 Tree and Shrub Planting

  • 614 Watering Facility

  • 633 Waste Utilization

  • 643 Restoration & Management of Declining Habitats

  • 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

  • 646 Shallow Water Development and Management

  • 657 Wetland Restoration

*Some restrictions may apply to some practices.

Conservation Activity

  • 201 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring and Evaluation
  • 202 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring, Equipment Installation


Nancy Young
State Resource Conservationist
(501) 301-3134

Kenneth Lee
Assistant Conservationist for Programs
(501) 301-3165

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152