Soil & Water Conservation Program

Overview of the 8th Call
Agricultural Nonpoint Source
Special Area Land Treatment Projects
(AgNPS SALT)

Soil and Water Conservation Programn Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Benton SWCD: Lower Cole Camp Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Protect riparian areas and streams from impacts of runoff containing nutrients, sediment, and pathogens, and stabilize streambanks through improvement of riparian vegetation and restricting livestock access by installing 300 acres of N391 Riparian Forest Buffer and 200 acres of WQ10 Stream Protection practice.
  2. Improve pasture management by reducing runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures by installing 700 acres of DSP-2/ mDSP2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement and 600 acres of DSP-3,33/333 Planned Grazing Systems.
  3. Promote the correct usage, quantities, and timing of fertilizer, pesticide, and animal waste application to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to waterways through implementing 1200 acres of N590 Nutrient Management, 500 acres of N595 Pest Management, and 300 acres of Waste Utilization.
  4. Promote public awareness and education of agricultural best management practices within the watershed that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through 101 information/education activities, which include newsletters, newspaper articles, radio announcements, tours, workshops, and grazing schools.
  5. Reduce sedimentation in waterways by addressing gully erosion through installation of 15 DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoirs, 2 DSL-11 Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas, and 2 DWP-3 Sod Waterways.
  6. Stabilize 1,000 feet of eroding streambanks using the C650 Streambank Stabilization.
  7. Protect 1,200 acres of woodland from erosion by excluding livestock through the N472 Use Exclusion practice.
  8. Protect groundwater quality by developing 5 springs for livestock watering and closing 10 abandoned wells through the N574 Spring Development and N351 Well Decommissioning practices.
  9. Reduce sedimentation in waterways from sheet and rill erosion by installing 50 acres of DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment and 100 acres of DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, University of Missouri Extension, Benton County Commission, Benton County Health Department, Lincoln High School, and the Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Clinton County SWCD: Shoal Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve pastureland with by implementing 600 acres of grazing systems (DSP-3 andDSP-33), and Nutrient and Pest Management (N590/N595).
  2. Control gully erosion in pastureland/cropland by utilizing 18 Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures. (DWP-1).
  3. Reduce the amount of chemical runoff and improve water quality on 3,000 acres with Nutrient Management (N-590) and 1,500 acres of Pest Management (N595).
  4. Reduce gully erosion of cropland by installing 510 acres of Tile Terraces (DSL-44).
  5. Protect and restore woodland by improving ground cover and reduce runoff by implementing the following practices; Exclude 250 acres of woodland with the Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion practice (DFR-5).
  6. Decommission 4 abandoned wells (N351) in the watershed to protect groundwater from contamination of chemicals, fertilizer, and livestock manure.
  7. Protect streambanks susceptible to erosion by installing 600 ft. of Streambank Stabilization (C650).
  8. Reduce the amount of animal waste, sediment, and nutrients that run-off in surface water of pasture/hayland by installing 25 acres of Filter Strips (N393).
  9. Provide education and awareness to landowners and operators by providing; 12 newsletters, 6 news articles, 2 landowner meetings and 4 field days.

Project support will be provided by: NRCS, MDC, and Clinton County SWCD.

Cole SWCD: Grays Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Promote the correct usage, quantities, and timing of fertilizer, pesticide, and animal waste application to reduce nutrient, pathogen, and sediment runoff to waterways through implementation of 1,250 acres of N590 Nutrient Management, 1,500 acres of N595 Pest Management, 500 acres of Waste Utilization and 700 acres of DSL-15 No Till Systems.
  2. Reduce sedimentation in waterways from sheet and rill erosion by installing 225 acres of DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, 50 acres of DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement, and 25 acres of DSL-5 Diversions.
  3. Protect riparian areas and streams from impacts of runoff containing nutrients, sediment, and pathogens, and stabilize streambanks through improvement of riparian vegetation and restricting livestock access by installing 39 acres of N391 Riparian Forest Buffer, 6 acres of N393 Filter Strips, 25 acres of N386 Field Border, and 70 acres of WQ10 Stream Protection practice.
  4. Improve pasture management by reducing runoff and distributing manure throughout by installing 1,000 acres of DSP-3,33/333 Planned Grazing Systems, and 600 acres of DSP-2/ mDSP2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  5. Protect 400 acres of woodland from erosion by excluding livestock using the N472 Use Exclusion and DFR-5 Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion practices and establishment of woodland on 10 acres using the DFR-4 Forest Plantation.
  6. Promote public awareness and education of agricultural best management practices within the watershed that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through 54 information/education activities, which include newsletters, newspaper articles, meetings, field days, and workshops.
  7. Reduce sedimentation in waterways by addressing gully erosion through installation of 15 DSL-11 Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas, 10 DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoirs, and 20 DWP-1 Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures.
  8. Stabilize 2,000 feet of eroding streambanks using the C650 Streambank Stabilization.
  9. Protect groundwater quality by developing 3 springs, closing 10 abandoned wells, and protecting 1 sinkhole through the N574 Spring Development, N351 Well Decommissioning, and N725 Sinkhole Treatment practices.
  10. Promoting proper management of animal waste by constructing of one N312 Waste Management System.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC, University of Missouri Extension, Public Water Supply District No 1 Cole County, Cole County Commission, Moreau Valley Quail Unlimited Chapter #716, Quail Habitat Incentive Program, and the Cole County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Macon County SWCD: Middle Fork Salt River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Provide 46 opportunities of public awareness through informational and educational workshops, field days, or newsletters.
  2. Implement 900 acres of pasture management using the DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement or DSP-3/33 Planned Grazing System or Planned Grazing System with a Pond.
  3. Address gully erosion on 59 sites using a combination of either the DSL-11 Permanent Vegetative Cover Critical Area Treatment, DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoir, DWP-1 Water Control Structure, or DWP-3 Sod Waterway.
  4. Reduce sheet and rill erosion on 565 acres through the use of DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, DSL-4 Terrace Systems, or DSL-44 Terrace System with Til.e.
  5. Protect 70 acres of woodland by excluding livestock from woodland using the DFR-5 Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion.
  6. Implement 82 acres of stream corridor protection using the C050 Alternative Watering System, N393 Filter Strips, or N391 Riparian Forest Buffer.
  7. Encourage producers to implement 2,750 acres of nutrient and pest management using the N590 Nutrient Management and N595 Pest Management.
  8. Protect ground water quality by decommissioning 14 wells using the N351 Well Decommissioning.

Project support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC Macon County SWCD, Quail Unlimited, and Macon County Commission.

Montgomery County SWCD: Lower Loutre Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve pasture and hayland management with the implementation of the following best management practices: install 553 acres of DSP-3 planned grazing systems, establish 1,019 acres of DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, convert 209 acres of cropland to permanent vegetative cover DSL-1, and 19 acres of DSL-2 permanent vegetative cover enhancement.
  2. Reduce loading of sediment and nutrients into streams and drainage ditches through adequate buffers by implementing the following practices: install 5 acres of N391Riparian Forest Buffers, 244 acres of N386 Field Borders, 28 acres of N393 Filter Strips, protect 10 acres of streams side with C050 Alternative Watering, protect 250 acres with N472 Use Exclusion.
  3. Preserve and improve cropland by implementing the following erosion and sediment control practices; install 2 acres of DSL-5 Diversions, construct 21Water Impoundment Reservoirs DWC-1, 3 Sediment Retention Structures DWP-1, 6 acres of DWP-3 Sod Waterways, 2 acres of Critical Area Seedings DSL-11, and 60 acres of no-till DSL-15.
  4. Protect the surface and groundwater from nutrients and pesticides from entering the water system by implementing the following practices; Close 25 abandoned wells using the Well Decommissioning practice N351, Develop 10 springs or seeps using Spring Development N574, Protect 10 sinkholes using the Sinkhole Protection Practice N725, Enroll 3,915 acres into Nutrient Management N590, and 2,213 acres into Pest Management N595, and construct 1 composting Facility N317.
  5. Protect and restore woodland by improving ground cover and reduce runoff by implementing the following practices; Exclude 250 acres of woodland with the Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion practice DFR-5 and enrolling 441 acres of woodland into managed forestland.
  6. Provide education and awareness to landowners and operators by providing; Nutrient and Pest Management workshops, Grazing schools, Field Days, Newsletters and landowner tours.

Tangible support will be provided by: NRCS, FSA, MDC, DNR-Missouri Geological Survey, Quails Unlimited and River Hills Forest Habitat Project.

Osage County SWCD: Little Maries Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Establish or improve 435 acres of grassland establishment using the DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement, or the DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  2. Install 1,200 acres of grazing management using the DSP-3/33/333 Planned Grazing Systems.
  3. Implement 10 acres of stream exclusion/buffers using N386 Field Borders, N391 Riparian Forest Buffer, N393 Filter Strip, N472 Use Exclusion, or C050 Alternative Watering System.
  4. Address gully erosion on 18 sites with the DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoir, DWP-1 Sediment/Erosion Control Structure, or the DSL-11/111 Permanent Vegetative Cover Critical Area Treatment.
  5. Protect 1,500 acres of woodland using the DFR-5 Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion or the N472 Use Exclusion.
  6. Encourage producers to develop nutrient management plans on 1,500 acres using the N590 Nutrient Management or the N633 Waste Utilization practice.
  7. Promote public awareness within the watershed through 35 various information/education events. Events and activities include newsletters/brochures, field days/workshops/tours, and landowner meetings.
  8. Protect groundwater quality by developing 5 spring using the N574 Spring Development and closing 2 wells using the N351 Well Decommissioning.
  9. Stabilize 1,500 feet of eroding streambanks using the C650 Streambank Stabilization.
  10. Encourage cropland conservation by promoting no-till on 25 acres using the DSL-15 No-Till System practice.

Project support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, and Osage County SWCD.

Pemiscot County SWCD: Clay Root Bayou

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Establish 100 acres of buffers to protect streams from sediment, nutrient and pesticides from entering streams by implementing the following; 75 acres of Field Borders N386, and 25 acres of Filter Strips N393.
  2. Reduce gully, sheet and rill erosion on cropland by implementing the following; Construct 140 Erosion Control Structures DWP-1, and implement structures for water control to protect 1,123 acres of cropland.
  3. Improve and protect both ground and surface water by implementing the following; 1,250 acres of Irrigation System Sprinkler N442, and 1,250 acres of Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface N443.
  4. Encourage useful and appropriate management practices on 15,000 acres by providing the following incentive practices; 7,000 acres of Nutrient Management N590, 7,000 acres of Pest Management N595, and 1,000 acres of No-Till system DSL-15.
  5. Provide information and education to landowners and operators through the following activities; A project kick-off meeting, 7- Fall Field Days/ Tours, 28- quarterly newsletters and 7- annual workshops.

Tangible support will be provided by: NRCS, FSA, MDC and Pemiscot County Commission.

Saline County SWCD: Salt Fork Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce sedimentation from sheet and rill erosion to acceptable levels by reducing soil erosion with implementation of the following; 1,510 acres of DSL-4 Terraces, 250 acres of DSL-1 Vegetative Cover Establishment and 1,000 acres of DSL-15 No-Till.
  2. Reduce gully erosion by constructing the following; 6- DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoirs, 20 acres of DWP-3 Sod Waterways and 150 acres of N587 Structures for Water Control.
  3. Reduce the amount of sediment, organic material, nutrient and pesticides in surface runoff by implementing the following; 25 acres of N332 Contour Buffer Strips, 25 acres of N386 Field Borders, 200 acres of N393 Filter Strips, 25 acres of N391 Riparian Forest Buffers, 50 acres of N472 Use Exclusion, 8000 acres of N595 Pest Management, and 6,000 acres of N590 Nutrient Management.
  4. Address problems with pasture and hayland by installing 500 acres of DSP-3 Planned Grazing Systems.
  5. Encourage proper animal waste management by installing three N317 Compost Facilities, implementing 2,000 acres of N633 Waste Utilization, install three N312 Waste Management Systems, and close two abandoned wells with N351 Well Decommissioning.
  6. Educate landowners and operators and increase their awareness of conservation practices by publishing 28 news articles, and holding 14 informational meetings and field days during the seven-year life of the project.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, University Extension Service and the Saline Soil and Water Conservation District.

Scott SWCD: St. John’s Bayou

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Promote the correct usage, quantities, and timing of fertilizer, pesticide, and animal waste application to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to waterways by implementing 2,800 acres of N595 Pest Management, 1,500 acres of N590 Nutrient Management, and 1,500 acres of Waste Utilization.
  2. Protect riparian areas and streams from impacts of runoff containing nutrients, sediment, and pathogens through improvement of riparian vegetation and restricting livestock access by installing 120 acres of N386 Field Borders, 30 acres of N 393 Filter Strips, and 100 acres of N472 Use Exclusion.
  3. Improve irrigation efficiency, decrease leaching and runoff, and reduce nutrient and chemical loading to streams by installing 2,400 acres of N442 Irrigation Systems Sprinkler, 480 acres of N430 Irrigation Water Conveyance, and 240 acres managed with N587 Structure for Water Control.
  4. Improve pasture management by reducing runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures using managed grazing by installing 160 acres of DSP-3,33/333 Planned Grazing Systems.
  5. Reduce sedimentation in waterways from sheet and rill erosion by installing 120 acres of DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, and 120 acres of DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement.
  6. Promote public awareness and education of agricultural best management practices within the watershed that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through 21 information/education activities, which include newsletters, tours, and workshops.
  7. Reduce sedimentation in waterways by addressing gully erosion through installation of 30 DWP-1 Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures.
  8. Protect groundwater quality by closing 10 abandoned wells through the N351 Well Decommissioning.
  9. Prevent wind erosion of soil by installing 5,280 feet of N380 Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment.

Project Support includes: NRCS, Bootheel RCandD, USDA-NRCS Irrigation and Water Quality Office, MDC, University of Missouri Extension, Scott County Commission, Consolidation Drainage District #2, and the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Stoddard County SWCD: Bess Slough

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce nutrient and chemical loading to the shallow groundwater in over-irrigated areas by 10-35 percent by installing 160 acres of Pivot Re-Nozzle (N442) through SALT funds.
  2. Reduce irrigation runoff for slow intake soils and reduce nutrient and chemical loading to susceptible water bodies in the watershed. These goals will be accomplished by installing surge valves on furrow irrigation systems (N443) on 3100 acres.
  3. Improve efficiency of furrow irrigation by installing 91,000 feet of Crown Regrade (N443A) on 2,450 acres in the watershed. This practice can result in 2-15 inches of water saved per acre.
  4. Improve irrigation efficiency and reduce nutrient and chemical loading by installing 64,000 feet of Irrigation Water Conveyance (N430) to treat 4950 acres. This practice reduces likelihood of water loss from leaking underground conveyance systems and oftentimes shortens furrow length.
  5. Reduce runoff and nutrient and chemical loading on 240 acres by installing 24,000 ft of Permanent Outside Levees (N587).
  6. Provide technical assistance to landowners by implementing Irrigation Water Management Plans on 8400 acres.
  7. Protect streambanks from erosion and reduce sediment runoff from irrigated fields that are inevitably carrying nutrients and chemicals directly into streams and ditches. This will be accomplished by installing 30 acres of Field Borders (N386).
  8. Decommission 20 abandoned irrigation wells (N351) in the watershed to protect groundwater from contamination of chemicals, fertilizer, and livestock manure.
  9. Control gully erosion by installing 35 Water Control Structures (DWP-1) on eroding crop ground.
  10. Provide education and awareness to landowners and operators by providing; a kickoff meeting, 4- workshops or field days, and 6- newsletters/articles.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC, University Extension Service, Bootheel RCandD and the Stoddard County Soil and Water Conservation District.