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2011 Cache River MRBI Project

2011 Cache River MRBI Project Area



The Cache River - 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 Cache River watershed.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc., has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Monroe, St. Francis and Woodruff counties.

Collaborating partners are the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission; Woodruff County Conservation District; Monroe County Conservation District; Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts; The Nature Conservancy; and the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.

Project Goal

The goal of the project is to assist agriculture producers in cultivating conservation measures and implementing practices to address nutrient management in the watershed. The project will provide agricultural producers the ability to improve their nutrient and water management runoff into the impaired watershed. The area lies within a 2010 MRBI Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) project. This will allow landowners to participate in both projects and implement the programs as they apply to the landscape to provide maximum benefit to the land by restoring wetlands, enhancing wildlife habitat and maintaining agricultural productivity.

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:

Monroe County Clarendon FSC 605 Madison St. Clarendon, AR 72029 (870) 747-3431, ext. 3 St. Francis County Forrest City FSC 4401 N. Washington, Suite A Forrest City, AR 72335 (870) 633-3055, ext. 3 Woodruff County Augusta FSC 127 Hwy. 64 E., P.O. Box 519  Augusta, AR 72006 (870) 347-2593, ext. 3

Approved Conservation Practices

  • 324 Deep Tillage

  • 328 Conservation Crop Rotation

  • 329 Residue Management, No-Till

  • 340 Cover Crop

  • 393 Filter Strip

  • 410 Grade Stabilization

  • 430 Irrigation Pipeline

  • 436 Irrigation Reservoir

  • 342 Critical Area Planting

  • 447 Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery

  • 449 Irrigation Water Management

  • 464 Irrigation Land Leveling

  • 484 Mulching

  • 533 Pumping Plant

  • 554 Drainage Water Management

  • 587 Structure for Water Control

  • 590 Nutrient Management

  • 607 Surface Drain, Field Ditch

  • 645 Upland Habitat


Nancy Young
State Resource Conservationist
(501) 301-3134

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

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
(501) 301-3152