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2011 Bayou Boeuf MRBI Project

Overview2011 MRBI Bayou Boeuf Project Area Map

The Bayou Boeuf - 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 Bayou Boeuf watershed. The project area encompasses 249-square miles.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Ashley and Chicot counties in Arkansas and Morehouse and West Carroll parishes in Louisiana.

Collaborating partners are the Southeast Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Center for Aquaculture and Fisheries, Northeast Delta Resource Conservation and Development Council, Ashley County Conservation District, Chicot County Conservation District, Morehouse Parish Conservation District, West Carroll Parish Conservation District and Louisiana State University Master Farmer Program.

Project Goals

The goals of the project are 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 benefits, and improve water quality and biological health in streams.

Conservation Practice Funding

Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). 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 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:

Ashley County Hamburg FSC 310 N. Cherry Hamburg, AR 71646 (870) 853-9881, ext. 3 Chicot County Lake Village FSC 3219 Hwy. S 65&82 Lake Village, AR 71653 (870) 265-2608, ext. 3 Morehouse Parish Bastrop FSC 9600 Marlatt St. Bastrop, LA 71263 (318) 281-1561 West Carroll Parish Lake Providence FSC 406 Lake St. Lake Providence, LA 71254 (318) 559-2640

Approved Conservation Practices*

  • 329 Residue Management, No-Till

  • 340 Cover Crop

  • 342 Critical Area Planting

  • 345 Residue Management, Mulch Till

  • 346 Residue Management, Ridge Till

  • 356 Dike

  • 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

  • 447 Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery

  • 449 Irrigation Water Management

  • 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

  • 607 Surface Drain, Field Ditch

  • 612 Tree and Shrub Planting

  • 614 Watering Facility

  • 643 Restoration & Management of Declining Habitats

  • 645 Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

  • 646 Shallow Water Development and Management

  • 657 Wetland Restoration

Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program
  • 646 Shallow Water Development and Management

*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