Soil & Water Conservation Program

Overview of the 9th Call
Agricultural Nonpoint Source
Special Area Land Treatment Projects
(AgNPS SALT)

Soil and Water Conservation Program, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Bollinger SWCD: Hurricane Creek and Little Whitewater

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve pasture health and management by reducing runoff and distributing manure throughout by installing 700 acres of (DSP-3,33/333) Planned Grazing Systems, 200 acres of (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  2. Reduce sedimentation in waterways from sheet and rill erosion by installing 120 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment and 1,464 acres of (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement.
  3. Reduce sedimentation in waterways by addressing gully erosion through installation of 10 (DSL-11) Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas, 27 (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs, eight (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures and six (DSL-5) Diversions.
  4. Improve water quality on existing water resources by implementing the following practices: install 10 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffers, 10 acres of (N386) Field Borders, 10 acres of (N393) Filter Strips, protect 15 acres of stream side with (WQ10) Stream Protection practice, and 148 acres with (N472) Use Exclusion.
  5. Reduce soil erosion on forestland due to poor management by treating 16 gullies through the (N655) Restoration of Skid Trails, Logging Roads, Stream Crossings and Log Landings, develop and implement 200 acres of (C100) Timber Harvest Plans and treating 1,400 acres of (DFR-5) Woodland Protection through Livestock Exclusion.
  6. Improve surface and groundwater by installing five (N574) Spring Development and close two abandoned wells using the (N472) Well Decommissioning practice.

Project support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC and the Bollinger County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Cape Girardeau SWCD: Byrd Creek  

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Promote the correct usage, quantities and proper application of fertilizers, pesticides and animal waste to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to streams and ditches by implementing 900 acres of (N595) Pest Management and 1,200 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management.
  2. Reduce sedimentation in surface water from gully erosion by installing six (DSL-11) Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas, 15 (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs, and 40 (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures, and 10 Sinkhole Improvement practices.
  3. Improve pasture management by increasing and diversifying vegetation to reduce runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures using managed grazing by installing 800 acres of (DSP-3,33/333) Planned Grazing Systems and 200 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment.
  4. Improve irrigation efficiency, decrease leaching and reduce nutrient and chemical loading to streams and ditched by installing 600 acres of (N554) Drainage Water Management.
  5. Protect riparian areas, streams and ditches from impacts of runoff containing nutrients, sediment, and pathogens and stabilize streambanks through improvement of riparian vegetation and restricting livestock access by installing 15 acres of (N393) Filter Strips, 15 acres of (N386) Field Border, 10 acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection practice and 10 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffer.
  6. Protect woodland from erosion caused by improper timber harvests through 500 acres of (C100) Timber Harvest Plans and erosion caused by trampling and removal of vegetation by livestock through 75 acres of (N472) Use Exclusion and 100 acres of (DFR-5) Woodland Protection through Livestock Exclusion.
  7. Promote public education and awareness of agricultural best management practices within the watershed that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through information/education activities, which include 28 newsletter articles, two landowner/operator meetings, four workshops and two watershed tours.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, Cape Girardeau County Commission, University of Missouri Extension and the Cape Girardeau County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Cass SWCD: Upper Big Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Decrease sediment loading in streams to lower than “T” by installing three (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs, three (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures, 500 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, eight acres of (DSL-4) Terrace Systems, 50 acres of (DSL-44) Terrace Systems with Tile, three acres of (DSL-5) Diversions, six acres of (DSL-11) Permanent Vegetative Cover-Critical Areas, three acres of (DWP-3) Sod Waterways and 250 acres of (DSL-15) No-Till Systems.
  2. Improve, protect and/or maintain stream banks and riparian areas by installing 386 acres of (N386) Field Borders, 50 acres of (N393) Filter Strips, 50 acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection, 50 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffers and 50 acres of (N472) Use Exclusion.
  3. Improve water quality by improving the health of grazed land and plant diversity in the watershed. This will be accomplished by enhancing 400 acres of permanent vegetation through the (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetation Cover Enhancement and installing 1,000 acres of (DSP-3/33) Grazing System practices.
  4. Improve pasture management by reducing runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures by installing 380 acres of Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement (DSP-2/mDSP2) and 650 acres of Planned Grazing Systems (DSP-3/33/333).
  5. Provide incentives to educate landowners and operators on the benefits of the correct usage, quantities, and timing of fertilizer, pesticide and animal waste application to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to waterways through implementing 1,575 acres of Nutrient Management (N590), 1,100 acres of Pest Management (N595), 300 acres of Waste Utilization (N633), 40 acres of No-Till Systems (DSL-15) and install one Waste Management System (N312).
  6. Protect groundwater quality by developing two springs for livestock watering through the Spring Development practice (N574), closing two abandoned wells with the Well Decommissioning practices (N351) and replacing inefficient nozzles on 545 acres of irrigation systems with the (N442) practice.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA and the Ray County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Dunklin SWCD: Crowley’s Ridge

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve irrigation efficiency, decrease leaching, and reduce nutrient and chemical loading by installing 5,292 acres of (N442) Irrigation Systems Sprinkler, 6,120 acres of (N430) Irrigation Water Conveyance and 2,400 acres of (N443) Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface practices.
  2. Protect riparian areas, streams and ditches from impacts of runoff containing nutrients, sediment, and pathogens and stabilize streambanks through improvement of riparian vegetation and restricting livestock access by installing 107 acres of (N393) Filter Strips, 122 acres of (N386) Field Border and three acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection practice.
  3. Promote the correct usage, quantities, and proper application of fertilizers and pesticides to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff by implementing 1,152 acres of (N595) Pest Management, 1,475 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management and 300 acres of (DSL-15) No-Till Systems.
  4. Reduce sedimentation running off fields into surface water by addressing gully erosion by installing seven (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs and 44 (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures.
  5. Improve pasture management by increasing and diversifying vegetation to reduce runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures using managed grazing by installing 83 acres of (DSP-2/ mDSP2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, 10 acres of (DSP-3/33/333) Planned Grazing Systems and 30 acres of (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement.  
  6. Protect woodland from erosion caused by trampling and removal of vegetation by livestock through 25 acres of (N472) Use Exclusion and 75 acres of (DFR-5) Woodland Protection through Livestock Exclusion.
  7. Prevent wind erosion of soil by installing 100 feet of (N380) Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment.
  8. Protect groundwater quality by closing six abandoned wells using the (N351) Well Decommissioning.
  9. Prevent sheet and rill erosion by converting cropland to permanent vegetation through 123 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment. 
  10. Promote public education and awareness of agricultural best management practices within the watershed that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through information/education activities, which include seven newsletters, seven landowner/operator meetings, two workshops and five FFA/school project meetings.

Project Support includes: NRCS, Dunklin County Commission and the Dunklin County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Greene SWCD: Pearson Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve and/or maintain groundwater quality by sping developments, 10 (N351) Well Decommissionings.
  2. Reduce sedimentation of streams by installing 150 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, 150 acres of (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, 400 acres of (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement and 200 acres of (mDSP-2) Modified Permanent Cover Enhancement.
  3. Reduce amount of nutrients and chemicals in streams by implementing 1,200 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management Plans and 500 acres of (N595) Pest Management Plans.
  4. Establish and improve riparian corridors along streams and rivers in the watershed. This will be accomplished by protecting stream from livestock disturbance by installing 60 acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection, 20 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffer and providing tours of completed practices in neighboring watersheds.
  5. Develop a public and landowner awareness of Water Quality Best Management Practices by conducting educational and informational activities with 14 newsletters, eight field days and tours, 12 fact sheets and 12 newsletters.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC, National Fish and Wildlife Foundations, National Fish Habitat Initiative, More Fish Campaign, James River Basin Partnership, Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development and the Greene and Webster County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Oregon SWCD: Warm Fork of Spring Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve grassland health by implementing of the following best management practices: install 20 grazing systems to treat 2,500 acres of (DSP-3/33/333) Planned Grazing Systems, establish 1,200 acres of (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement and 1,000 acres of (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement.
  2. Manage soil nutrients and pesticides to enhance vegetative cover by promoting 2,000 acres of Nutrient Management (N-590) and 3,000 acres of Pest Management (N595).
  3. Exclude livestock access of forestland and other sensitive areas by implementing 1,000 acres of Woodland Protection Through Livestock Exclusion (DFR-5) and 1,700 acres of Use Exclusion (N472).
  4. Improve and protect woodlands by addressing 50 sensitive areas with the Restoration of Skid Trails, Logging Roads, Stream Crossings (N655) practice,  write 800 acres of Timber Harvest Plans (C100) and implementing 35 acres of Forest Plantation (DFR-4).
  5. Protect karst features from nonpoint source pollution to improve groundwater quality by providing two Well Decommissioning (N351), two Spring Developments (N574), and four Sinkhole Protection (N725).
  6. Protect riparian areas along streams from overland flow and streambank erosion by implementing 25 acres of Stream Protection practice (WQ10), five acres of riparian Forest Buffer (N391) and 500 feet of Streambank Stabilization (C650).
  7. Reduce sedimentation in waterways from sheet and rill erosion by installing 225 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, Oregon County Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Missouri Extension and Thayer Elementary School.

Pettis SWCD: Heath's Creek  

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce sedimentation in surface water from sheet and rill and gully erosion by installing three (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs, five (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures, 10 acres of (DSL-11) Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas, 1,850 acres of (DSL-4/44) Terrace Systems, 50 acres of (DSL-5) Diversions  and 50 acres of (DWP-3) Sod Waterways.
  2. Improve pasture management by increasing and diversifying vegetation to reduce runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures using managed grazing by installing 400 acres of (DSP-3,33/333) Planned Grazing Systems, 50 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, 100 acres of (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement and 205 acres of (DSP-2/m-DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  3. Promote resource management through the correct usage, quantities and proper application of fertilizers, pesticides,and animal waste to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to waterways by implementing 3,000 acres of (N595) Pest Management, 3,500 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management, 250 acres of (N633) Waste Utilization and by demonstrating 67 acres of (DSL-15) No-Till Systems in the watershed. 
  4. 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 25 acres of (N386) Field Borders, 15 acres of (N393) Filter Strips, 50 acres of (N472) Use Exclusion, 15 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffer and seven acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection practices..
  5. Promote public awareness and education within the watershed of agricultural best management practices that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through 14 field days and tours, seven workshops and 28 newsletters.
  6. Protect erosion from streambanks by installing 50 feet of (C650) Streambank Stabilization practice.
  7. Protect groundwater quality by closing five abandoned wells using (N351) Well Decommissioning and by developing one spring through the (N574) Spring Development practice.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC and the Pettis County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Randolph SWCD: Elk Fork SALT River and Coon Creek 

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve pasture management by increasing and diversifying vegetation to reduce runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures using managed grazing by installing 400 acres of (DSP-3,33/333) Planned Grazing Systems, 500 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment and 500 acres of (DSP-2/m-DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  2. Reduce sedimentation in surface water from gully erosion by installing 20 (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs, 10 (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures and five (DSL-11) Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas.
  3. Reduce sedimentation from sheet and rill erosion by installing 35 acres of (DSL-4/44) Terrace Systems and seven (DWP-3) Sod Waterways.
  4. Promote public awareness and education within the watershed of agricultural best management practices that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through four pasture walks, 84 newsletters, 20 informational mailings and radio spots, 10 water quality demonstrations and seven customer appreciation/education days.
  5. Promote resource management through the correct usage, quantities and proper application of fertilizers, pesticides,and animal waste to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to waterways by implementing 400 acres of (N595) Pest Management, 600 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management, 500 acres of (DSL-15) No-Till Systems in the watershed and 1,000 cubic yards of (N634) Manure Transfer. 
  6. Protect woodland from erosion through 30 acres of (N472) Use Exclusion, 50 acres of (DFR-5) Woodland Protection through Livestock Exclusion and 100 acres of (C100) Timber Harvest Plans.
  7. Protect riparian areas and streams from impacts of runoff containing nutrients, sediment and pathogens through improvement of riparian vegetation by installing 10 acres of (N386) Field Borders, 20 acres of (N393) Filter Strips and 50 acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection.
  8. Protect groundwater quality by closing five abandoned wells using (N351) Well Decommissioning and by developing four springs through the (N574) Spring Development practice.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC, University of Missouri Extension, Randolph County Farm Bureau, landowners and the Randolph and Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Ray SWCD: Crooked River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce erosion in cropland fields lower than “T” by installing 160 acres of Permanent Vegetative establishment (DSL-1), installing 650 acres of Terraces (DSL-4/44) and installing 20 acres of Diversions (DSL-5) .
  2. Reduce gully erosion through installation of 18 Water Impoundment Reservoirs (DWC-10), 60 acres Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas (DSL-11), 12 Sod Waterways (DWP-3) and two Sediment Retention Control Structures (DWP-1).
  3. Protect stream riparian and other sensitive areas from livestock impact, runoff containing nutrients, sediment and pathogens and stabilize streambanks through improvement of riparian vegetation and restricting livestock access by installing; 10 acres of Riparian Forest Buffer (N391), 10 acres of Stream Protection practice (WQ10), 24 acres of Filter Strips (N393), 25 acres of Field Borders (N386), 15 acres of Use Exclusion (N472), establish 50 acres of Forest Plantation (DFR-4) and 50 acres of Woodland Protection (DFR-5).
  4. Improve pasture management by reducing runoff and distributing manure throughout pastures by installing 380 acres of Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement (DSP-2/ mDSP2) and 650 acres of Planned Grazing Systems (DSP-3/33/333).
  5. Provide incentives to educate landowners and operators on the benefits of the correct usage, quantities, and timing of fertilizer, pesticides and animal waste application to reduce nutrient and pathogen runoff to waterways through implementing 1,575 acres of Nutrient Management (N590), 1,100 acres of Pest Management (N595), 300 acres of Waste Utilization (N633), 40 acres of No-Till Systems (DSL-15) and install one Waste Management System (N312).
  6. Protect groundwater quality by developing two springs for livestock watering through the Spring Development practice (N574), closing two abandoned wells with the Well Decommissioning practices (N351) and replacing inefficient nozzles on 545 acres of irrigation systems with the (N442) practice.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA and the Ray County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Scotland SWCD: South Wyaconda 

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce sedimentation from sheet and rill erosion by installing 760 acres of Terraces (DSL-4/44) and installing 30 acres of Diversions (DSL-5).
  2. Reduce sedimentation in waterways by addressing gully erosion through installation of 11 acres of (DSL-11) Permanent Vegetative Cover for Critical Areas, 25 (DWC-1) Water Impoundment Reservoirs and 20 (DWP-1) Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structures.
  3. 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 1,200 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management, 1,500 acres of (N595) Pest Management, 100 acres of (N633) Waste Utilization.
  4. Improve desirable plants and improve maximum nutrient uptake and yield on pasture and hayland by implementing the following best management practices: install 500 acres of (DSP-3) Planned Grazing Systems, establish 500 acres of (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, convert 300 acres of cropland to Permanent Vegetative Cover (DSL-1) and inter-seed 200 acres of (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  5. Reduce excessive amounts of sediment, organic material, nutrients and pesticides from reaching the streams by restricting livestock access and installing 25 acres of (N393) Filter Strips, 100 acres of (N386) Field Border, 10 acres of use exclusion and 40 acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection practice.
  6. Reduce the risk of animal waste and other contaminants from entering the streams and underground water supply by constructing two Compost Facilities (N317), constructing one waste Management System (N312), closing 50 abandoned wells and writing plans for use of crop rotation and tillage methods on 1,500 acres of HEL to keep soil erosion to “T”.

Project Support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District, Scotland County Soil and Water Conservation District and Pheasants Forever.

Webster SWCD: Lower Headquarters of James River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improve and/or maintain ground surface water quality by installing (N725) Sinkhole Protection practices, 75 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffers, 75 acres of (WQ10) Stream Protection, 250 acres (N590) Nutrient Management, 250 acres (N595) Pest Management, seven (N574) Spring Developments, and 1,500 acres of (DSP-3) Planned Grazing Systems.
  2. Improve and maintain grassland health by installing 800 acres of (DSL-1) Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, 600 acres (DSL-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, 250 acres (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, spring developments and education through soil sampling.
  3. Improve water quality and maintain the quality of streams by establishing 75 acres of (N391) Riparian Forest Buffers, (WQ10) Stream Protection and 250 feet of (C650) Streambank Stabilization.
  4. Improve and maintain woodland health by excluding livestock from woodlands on 600 acres through the (DFR-5) Woodland Protection through LIvestock Exclusion and education of landowners on the benefits and best management practices to protect woodlands. 
  5. Educate and inform landowners about noxious weeds and pest management by conducting five field days, 10 informational meetings and grazing schools, 10 brochures and newsletters, four pasture walks, six post cards and applying (N595) Pest Management to 250 acres.
  6. Reduce groundwater contamination by implementing 15 (N351) Well Decommissionings.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC, University of Missouri Extension, Farm Service Agency, Greene and Webster County Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Webster County Commission.

Wright SWCD: Clark/Wolf Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce erosion and establish pasture/hayland by installing 600 acres of (DSL-1) and 1,400 acres of (DSL-2).
  2. Manage livestock grazing and disperse fecal concentration of manures. These objectives will be accomplished by utilizing the (DSP-2) Permanent Vegetative Cover on 800 acres, (mDSP-2) Modified Permanent Vegetative Cover on 200 acres and (DSP-3/333) planned grazing systems on 1,223 acres.
  3. Prevent nutrient and pesticide migration to water bodies by utilizing the (N312) Waste Management Systems practice on four dairy and two beef facilities. The project will also focus on nutrient and pest management by installing 700 acres of (N590) Nutrient Management and 834 acres of (N595) Pest Management.
  4. Manage woodlands to protect water quality by installing 1,500 acres of (DFR-5) Woodland Protection through Livestock, 300 acres of (C100) Timber Harvest Plans and five (N655) Restoration of Skid Trails, Logging Roads and Stream Crossings practices.
  5. Protect riparian corridors by installing (N391) Riparian Forest Buffer on 18 acres and (WQ10) Stream Protection on three acres.
  6. Reduce nonpoint pollution and groundwater contamination by completing eight (N351) well decommissionings and five (N574) Spring Developments.
  7. Promote public awareness and education within the watershed of agricultural best management practices that prevent soil erosion and protect water quality through 84 news articles, seven newsletters specific to the project, 23 workshops, seven field days and 550 soil and manure testings.

Project Support includes: NRCS, MDC, University of Missouri Extension, Farm Service Agency, Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District, Mansfield Mirror Newspaper, Norwood High School, Wright County Commission and Laclede Electric.