Mississippi River Basin receives $14.4 million in funding - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Mississippi River Basin receives $14.4 million in funding

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) announced Monday the $14.4 million of targeted funding for the 2011 fiscal year.

Chief Dave White said the money will help eligible agricultural producers in the Mississippi River Basin voluntarily implement conservation practices to improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat.

White announced the selection of five new projects in Arkansas that will provide technical and financial assistance to eligible landowners to implement conservation practices that prevent, control and trap nutrient runoff from agricultural land; and restore and protect wetlands.

NRCS State Conservationist Michael Sullivan says funding for the projects will total approximately $13.76 million over the next four years. 

"These new projects, along with the six projects previously selected in FY 2010, will help us increase the amount of land in Arkansas where practices are installed to reduce the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agricultural production," Sullivan said.

"The Mississippi River Basin provides drinking water and recreation for millions of people and hosts a globally significant migratory flyway," White said. "The basin also houses some of our nation's most productive agricultural land. This announcement builds on the investment we made in 2010 and we will continue to help producers balance critical conservation work with productive agricultural operations."

Five CCPI projects were chosen in Arkansas. The projects, first year funding and sponsors are:

• Cache River Nutrient Loss Reduction, $160,000, Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc. - The goal of the project is to assist agriculture producers in cultivating conservation measures and implementing practices to address nutrient management in the watershed. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Monroe, St. Francis and Woodruff counties.

• Middle Bayou Macon, $881,000, Desha County Conservation District - 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. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Desha and Chicot counties.

• Lower St. Francis River Nutrient Loss Reduction, $441,000, Crittenden County Conservation District - The goal of the project is to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural land in four adjacent 12-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) watersheds in the Lower St. Francis Watershed by improving nutrient use efficiency and reducing runoff. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Crittenden, Cross and St. Francis counties.

• Bayou Boeuf, $654,623, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts - 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. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Ashley and Chicot counties in Arkansas and Morehouse and West Carroll parishes in Louisiana.

• Lower Bayou Macon, $447,146, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts - 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. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Chicot County in Arkansas and East Carroll and West Carroll parishes in Louisiana.

These multi-year watershed projects were selected through a competitive process. A listing of the projects by state, and additional information about the MRBI, are available at www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/mrbi/mrbi_overview.html.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Arkansas State University convention center coming soon

    Arkansas State University convention center coming soon

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:07 PM EST2017-11-18 02:07:11 GMT
    Saturday, November 18 2017 8:43 AM EST2017-11-18 13:43:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    After presenting a request to get their Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center up and running, the O’Reilly group received the green light from the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotions Commission. However, not without certain stipulations in that request.

    After presenting a request to get their Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center up and running, the O’Reilly group received the green light from the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotions Commission. However, not without certain stipulations in that request.

  • Downtown businesses help out City Youth Ministries

    Downtown businesses help out City Youth Ministries

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:22 PM EST2017-11-18 02:22:20 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 9:55 PM EST2017-11-18 02:55:05 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The holidays are just around the corner and businesses in downtown Jonesboro spent Friday evening giving back to kids in the community.

    The holidays are just around the corner and businesses in downtown Jonesboro spent Friday evening giving back to kids in the community.

  • FCC to allow phone companies to block illegal robocalls

    FCC to allow phone companies to block illegal robocalls

    Friday, November 17 2017 9:40 PM EST2017-11-18 02:40:38 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 9:51 PM EST2017-11-18 02:51:13 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    The Attorney General of Arkansas was successful in getting the Federal Communications Commission’s to allow phone companies to block illegal robocalls.

    The Attorney General of Arkansas was successful in getting the Federal Communications Commission’s to allow phone companies to block illegal robocalls.

Powered by Frankly