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Missouri Approved For $4.5 Million to Target Water Quality in Mississippi River

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Missouri landowners in six watersheds within the Mississippi River Basin will receive a total of $4.5 million from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as part of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). Approved landowners in 12 project areas within the Cache Creek, Little River Ditches and Lower St. Francis watersheds in southeastern Missouri and North Fork Salt, South Fork Salt and Lower Grand watersheds in the northern part of the state will receive the federal funding.

"We are pleased that landowners in six of our watersheds will be able to utilize this funding to implement conservation practices that will help prevent and control nutrient runoff into the Mississippi River," NRCS State Conservationist J.R. Flores said.

Through MRBI, NRCS will provide up to $43 million in financial assistance to support conservation efforts in more than 70 projects in 41 eligible watersheds in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.  Partner organizations participating in the initiative will contribute additional financial resources. 

In addition to avoiding, controlling and trapping nutrient runoff, participating farmers and landowners voluntarily implement conservation practices that improve wildlife habitat, restore wetlands, and maintain agricultural productivity. These conservation practices are carried out in a site-specific manner to create a system that addresses natural resource concerns and fits within the operational needs of the farm. 

More information about MRBI is available on the Missouri NRCS website, www.mo.usda.gov.