Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative

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Landscape Initiative – Conservation Beyond Boundaries... Clean water, abundant wildlife, and productive agriculture are interconnected. Conservation doesn’t have man-made boundaries. These projects accelerate implementation of conservation that : - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed InitiativeIllinois River and Eucha-Spavinaw Watershed InitiativeBayou Bartholomew Water Quality Initiative

Landscape Initiative Conservation Beyond Boundaries...Clean water, abundant wildlife, and productive agriculture are interconnected. Conservation doesnt have man-made boundaries. These projects accelerate implementation of conservation that: benefit both landowners and the environment improve water quality enhance wildlife habitat maintain agricultural production United States Department of Agriculture1Arkansas Initiatives

United States Department of AgricultureFrom 2010 to 2013 Arkansas has treated over 287,000 acres through MRBI and written 1170 contracts for over $80,000,000. This is funding above the regular EQIP allocations. 9/15/2014 1:01 PM2Resource Concerns in the Illinois River/Eucha-Spavinaw Watersheds

Water quality (Primary)

Excessive nutrients and organics in ground and surface waterExcessive suspended sediment and turbidity in surface waterHarmful levels of pathogens in surface water

Soil Erosion (Secondary)

United States Department of Agriculture3Impact of Practices

Top Practices implemented

Amendment for Treatment of Ag/Waste

Forage and Biomass Planting

Waste Storage Facility Roof and Cover

Fencing

Prescribed Grazing

United States Department of Agriculture4

ArkansasAcres treated: 43,070 Contracts: 531Obligations: $15.1 millionTotal Project Acres: 576,517

OklahomaAcres treated: 19,210Contracts: 99Obligations: $3.4 millionTotal Project Acres: 739,156

Since Initiative BeganUnited States Department of Agriculture5

United States Department of AgricultureFrom 2010 to 2013 Arkansas has treated over 287,000 acres through MRBI and written 1170 contracts for over $80,000,000. This is funding above the regular EQIP allocations. 9/15/2014 1:01 PM6Impact of Practices

Top Practices implemented

Grade Stabilization Structures

Irrigation Land Leveling

Water Control Structures

Irrigation Reservoirs

Pumping Plant

Some management practices such as irrigation water management and nutrient management.

United States Department of Agriculture7Impact of Practices

Top Practices implemented

Irrigation Land Leveling

Water Control Structures

Irrigation Reservoirs/Pipelines

Residue/Tillage Management

Nutrient Management United States Department of Agriculture8Middle Bayou Macon success

United States Department of AgricultureThe success of partners has been proven here in Arkansas and we are entering into a new chapter with RCPP under the 2014 Farm Bill to use what we have learned and move forward.9/15/2014 1:01 PM9NWQI - Bayou BartholomewGoal: Remove streams/ water bodies from 303d list, from threatened status, or from contributing to impairments, or to address a TMDL plan.

Resource concerns sediment, nutrients

3 Upper Sub-watersheds selected with input form STC

Total watershed area 62,000 AcArea treated 16,000 Ac

EOF/In-stream monitoring

United States Department of AgricultureArkansass three watersheds were selected based onthe high amount of sediment and total phosphorusconcentration that flow into tributaries of the BayouBartholomew watershed.Based on results from the Soil and Water AssessmentTool (SWAT), the Bayou Bartholomew watershed islisted by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission(ANRC) as high priority based on sedimentconcentration.

Arkansas Fact: (2010 2013) Acres treated: 16,381 Contracts: 72 Obligations: $2,676,443 No. of Watersheds: 3 Total Project Acres: 62,4739/15/2014 1:01 PM10Arkansas Conservation Partnership

NRCS, Arkansas is a member of the Arkansas Conservation Partnership:

Arkansas Natural Resources CommissionArkansas Association of Conservation DistrictsArkansas Association of Conservation District EmployeesUniversity of Arkansas Cooperative Extension ServiceUniversity of Arkansas, Pine BluffArkansas Forestry CommissionArkansas Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.United States Department of Agriculture11

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employerQuestions?

For more information, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

Dianne SchlenkerInitiative Coordinator501-412-9852 cell501-301-3152 [email protected] States Department of Agriculture12