Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

To improve the health of the Mississippi River Basin, including water quality and wildlife habitat, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). Through this new Initiative, NRCS and its partners will help producers in selected watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin voluntarily implement conservation practices and systems that avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff; improve wildlife habitat; and maintain agricultural productivity.

The Initiative will build on the past efforts of producers, NRCS, partners, and other State and Federal agencies in the 12-State Initiative area, including Arkansas, to address nutrient loading in the Mississippi River Basin. Nutrient loading contributes to both local water quality problems and the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The 12 participating States are Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. MRBI will be implemented by NRCS through the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), and other programs.

The watersheds in Arkansas are Lake Conway-Point Remove, L'Anguille, Cache, Lower St. Francis, Bayou Macon, Boeuf River and Little River Ditches watersheds.

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative fact sheet (PDF; 392KB)

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative Maps and List of Watersheds


Contact Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative


Contact Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

Dianne Schlenker
Initiatives Coordinator
700 W. Capitol Ave.
Room 3416, Federal Building
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
Phone: (501) 301-3152
Fax: (501) 301-3189


 

Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Arkansas