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NRCS announces funding for watershed quality

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 19, 2012 (NCRS) – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White today announced:  

$632,286 in financial assistance available in FY 2012 to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in Bayou Meto Watershed in portions of Arkansas, Jefferson and Lonoke counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$618,395 in financial assistance available in FY 2012 to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in Bayou Meto (Middle) Watershed in portions of Arkansas, Lonoke, Prairie and Jefferson counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$529,531 in financial assistance in FY 2012 available to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in Big Watershed in a portion of Phillips County through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$64,190 in financial assistance in FY 2012 available to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the L'Anguille River Watershed in a portion of Cross and St. Francis counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$973,022 in financial assistance in FY 2012 available to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Grand Prairie in a portion of Arkansas, Lonoke, Prairie and Monroe counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$607,225 in financial assistance available in FY 2012 to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Lower Arkansas (Upper) Watershed in portions of Jefferson, Lonoke and Pulaski counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$222,900 in financial assistance available in FY 2012 to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Middle Cache River Watershed in portions of Craighead, Jackson, Poinsett and Woodruff counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$495,163 in financial assistance available in FY 2012 to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Tyronza River Watershed in portions of Mississippi and Poinsett counties through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

$159,627 in financial assistance available in FY 2012 to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Wapanocca Lake Watershed in a portion of Crittenden County through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).

We have recognized that targeting money to a specific watershed is more effective than just ‘random acts of conservation'.  One of the ways we have done this is through special initiatives within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  MRBI targets specific watersheds for specific water quality and quantity practices," said Mike Sullivan, NRCS state conservationist. "Nine projects were selected in Arkansas through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative portion of MRBI.  Funding for the nine new projects will total approximately $49.7 million over the next four years." 

"Working together through the Mississippi River Basin Initiative, we are helping private landowners implement complete conservation systems on their land that help them maintain productivity; avoid, control, and trap sediments and nutrients; improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat," Sullivan said.  

The goals of the project are to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the watershed, enhance wetlands, improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits, and improve the biological health of the streams.  Water quality and water quantity will be enhanced through conservation practices in the project area to improve water quality and reduce ground water mining of the aquifer.

Funding will be available to eligible landowners through EQIP.  NRCS will provide financial assistance 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.

 NRCS and associated conservation partners will deliver this program collaboratively.  For more information about the project, conservation practices approved, collaborating partners and an area map, visit www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/mrbi.html.  Applications may be obtained and filed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at:

 

 Producers Have Until July 18, 2012, to Submit Applications

  

Arkansas County

DeWitt Field Service Center

1015 West Second Street

DeWitt, AR  72042

(870) 946-3331, ext. 3

 

Jefferson County

Pine Bluff Field Service Center

Federal Building, Room 2603

100 East 8th Avenue

Pine Bluff, AR  71601

(870) 534-3200, ext. 3

Lonoke County

Lonoke Field Service Center

1300 North Center, Suite 8

Lonoke, AR  72086

(501) 676-5116, ext. 3

 

Prairie County

Hazen Field Service Center

1600 Industrial Street

Hazen, AR 72064

(870) 255-3573, ext. 3

 

 

 

 

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