Soil & Water Conservation Program

Overview of the 5th Call
Agricultural Nonpoint Source Special Area Land Treatment Projects
(AgNPS SALT) 

Caldwell County (SWCD): Mudd Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Improving grassland health by planning 900 acres of grazing systems, install 660 acres of vegetative improvement or enhancement, and installing 90 livestock watering supplies.
  2. Improving 28 miles of streams in the watershed by educating 160 landowners about the importance of protecting the streams. Installing 3 spring development practices, 500 acres of filter strips and field borders, and 8 alternative watering systems.
  3. Decreasing sediment and chemical runoff from entering the streams by installing 2140 acres of terraces, constructing 36 acres of waterways, converting 125 acres of cropland to pasture, and planning 800 acres of nutrient and pest management.
  4. Improving and maintaining woodland health by providing 5000 feet of fencing to exclude livestock from woodland.
  5. Improving ground water quality by decommissioning 80 abandoned wells.

Project support includes: Carroll County SWCD, Livingston County SWCD, Ray County SWCD, City of Braymer, National FFA Organization, Braymer Area Young Farmers Organization, Caldwell County Health Center, Caldwell County Commission, NRCS, MDC and FSA.

Cass County (SWCD): South Grand River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Treat 910 acres of pasture and hay land using DSP-2 and MDSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement and Modified Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, DSP-3 Planned Grazing System and DSP-33 Planned Grazing System with Pond.
  2. Reduce nutrient and pesticide runoff on 11,602 acres by encouraging proper farm management techniques using N590 Nutrient Management, N595 Pest Management, DSL-15 No-Till System and N633 Waste Utilization.
  3. Protect surface and ground water on 960 acres using N442 Irrigation System, Sprinkler.
  4. Prevent sediments, nutrients and pesticides from entering water bodies using 191 acres of buffering practices. These practices include N386 Field Border, N393 Filter Strips, N391 Riparian Forest Buffer and C050 Alternative Watering System.
  5. Exclude livestock from 75 acres of woodlands and riparian areas by implementing N472 Use Exclusion.
  6. Install 2,000 feet of fence for woodland protection and 5,000 feet of stream bank stabilization for stream bank protection. These practices include DFR-5 Woodland Protection and C650 stream bank stabilization.
  7. Construct 47,100 feet of erosion control practices to minimize soil erosion off of cropland. Practices to be used include DSL-4 and 44 Terraces and Terraces with Tile and DSL-5 Diversions.
  8. Address gully erosion on 5 different sites by installing one DWP-1 Sediment Retention, Erosion or Water Control Structure and five DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoirs.
  9. Reduce erosion from 516 acres considered critical areas. Practices to be used include DWP-3 Sod Waterways, DSL-11 Permanent Vegetative Cover-Critical Areas and DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment.
  10. Protect ground water quality by developing one spring using N574 Spring Development and decommissioning 14 wells using N351 Well Decommissioning.
  11. Construct 3 waste management systems to alleviate animal waste problems using N317 Composting Facility and N312 Waste Management System.
  12. Provide assistance to transport 8,500 cubic yards of animal waste from excessive production areas to apply to agricultural land following comprehensive nutrient management criteria. The practice to be used is N634 Manure Transfer.
  13. Hold 90 various information/education activities through the life of the project.

Project support includes: NRCS, FSA, MDC, Bates County SWCD, UOE, and Quail Unlimited.

Daviess County (SWCD): Hickory Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Treating 4,320 acres of cropland for excessive erosion.
  2. Treating 3,700 acres of cropland for nutrient and pest management.
  3. Treating 480 acres of pastureland.
  4. Treating expiring CRP land by installing 32 sediment control structures, and installing 16 ponds for water supply.
  5. Protecting stream by installing stream bank stabilization.
  6. Ensuring that the animal feeding operations meet revised water quality standards.
  7. Providing outreach and education programs.
  8. Developing conservation plans for all landowners.

Project support includes: MO Department of Conservation, Daviess County Commission, University Outreach and Extension, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.  

Harrison County (SWCD): West Fork of Big Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Achieving a soil erosion level of "T" on 80% of the cropland needing treatment in the project area.
  2. Improving management on 4360 acres of pasture.
  3. Educating and informing the landowners about the project.
  4. Protecting and improving 50% of the riparian corridor of the creek.
  5. Reducing gully erosion by constructing 63 grade stabilization or water control and sediment control basin.
  6. Complete nutrient and pesticide management plans on 2100 acres of cropland in the project area.
  7. Protecting the ground water in the area by decommissioning 30 abandoned wells.

Project support includes: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, MO Department of Conservation, and Ringgold County SWCD (Iowa).  

Knox County (SWCD):

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce gully erosion by implementing 102 sites of various erosion control practices. These practices include DWC-1 Structures, DWP-1 Sediment and Water Control Structures, DSL-5 Diversions, and DWP-3 Sod Waterways.
  2. Install 310 acres of buffers to serve as filters along streams and other sensitive areas. The practices used will include N386 Field Border, N393 Filter Strip, N391 Riparian Forest Buffer, N472 Use Exclusion, and C050 Alternative Water System.
  3. Reduce sheet and rill erosion on 1600 acres using terrace systems (DSL-4 and DSL-44), Permanent Vegetative Cover Est. DSL-1, and DSL-8 Cropland Protective Cover.
  4. Offer crop management practices such as N590 Nutrient Management, N595 Pest Management, and DSL-15 No-till systems on 8,200 acres to introduce environmentally friendly methods of management techniques.
  5. Implement 7000 acres of pasture management to reduce sediment and other problems associated with grazing livestock. These practices will include DSP-3/33 Planned Grazing System and Planned Grazing System with Pond, and the MDSP-2 Modified Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  6. Protect 350 feet of streambank using C650 Streambank Stabilization.
  7. Decommission 4 wells to prevent ground water contamination.
  8. Hold 67 various information/education activities through the life of the project.

Project support includes: Adair County SWCD, Macon County SWCD, Shelby County SWCD, NRCS, Knox County Public Water District #1, Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission, MDC, FSA, DNR, Missouri Corn Growers Association and the City of Shelbina.

Laclede County (SWCD): Dry Auglaize Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Install erosion control practices on 1490 acres using DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Est., DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improv. and DSL-8 Cropland Protective Cover.
  2. Implement 3,190 acres of pasture management to reduce sediment, fecal coliform and other problems associated with grazing livestock. Practices will include mDSP-2 and DSP-3 Planned Grazing System.
  3. Construct 5 Waste Management systems for handling livestock waste. One system will be a N317 Composting Facility and the other 4 will include N312 Waste Management Systems.
  4. Protect 174 acres of riparian areas by implementing the N391 Riparian Forest Buffer, N393 Filter Strip, N472 Use Exclusion, and N725 Sinkhole Protection.
  5. Encourage proper management techniques by implementing 1,700 acres of Nutrient and Waste Utilization. These practices include N590 Nutrient Management, N633 Waste Utilization and N634 Manure Transfer.
  6. Protect 4,619 feet of streambank using C650 Streambank Stabilization.
  7. Decommission two wells and develop two springs to protect ground water quality.
  8. Offer 146 information/education activities through the life of the project.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, UOE and the Boy Scout Troop 58.

Macon County (SWCD): Long Branch

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Implement pasture management on 3,210 acres using DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement, DSP-3 Planned Grazing System, and DSP-33 Planned Grazing System with Pond.
  2. Prevent excessive gully erosion by treating critical areas on 62 sites. This objective will be accomplished using DSL-11 Permanent Vegetative Cover Critical Area, DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoir, DWP-1 Sediment Retention and Water Control Structure, and DWP-3 Sod Waterways.
  3. Reduce sheet and rill on 395 acres using DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, DSL-4 and 44 Terrace Systems and Terrace Systems with Tile, and DSL-5 Diversions.
  4. Protect 23,490 feet of streambanks using the C650 Streambank Stabilization and C050 Alternative Watering Systems.
  5. Address streams and other sensitive areas using 230 acres of buffers. These practices include N332 Contour Buffer Strips, N393 Filter Strips, and N391 Riparian Forest Buffers.
  6. Protect 940 acres of woodland using DFR-5 Woodland Protection and N472 Use Exclusion.
  7. Implement 8,360 acres of Nutrient and Pest Management to encourage landowners to use proper procedures applying nutrients and pesticides.
  8. Decommission 7 wells to protect ground water quality.
  9. Hold 60 activities to promote public awareness in the watershed.

Project support includes: NRCS, DNR, Macon Municipal Utilities, FSA, UMC-School of Natural Resources, MDC, Macon County Economic Development Corporation, Adair County SWCD, and Long Branch Watershed Local Steering Committee.

Maries County (SWCD): Upper Big Maries River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Implement 250 acres of stream exclusion practices using N391 Riparian Forest Buffer, N472 Use Exclusion and C050 Alternative Watering Systems.
  2. Reduce soil erosion on 2,080 pasture acres using grassland establishment and improvement practices. These practices include DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement and DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  3. Prevent water quality degradation from cropland by establishing 10 acres of buffers such as N386 Field Borders and N393 Filter Strips.
  4. Implement 4,200 acres of management intensive grazing practices which will increase water infiltration, decrease runoff and enhance forage production. The practices that will be used include DSP-3, 33 and 333 Planned Grazing System, Planned Grazing System with Pond and Planned Grazing System with Well.
  5. Protect ground water by developing 15 springs using N574 Spring Development and decommission 10 wells using N351 Well Decommissioning.
  6. Address 25 sites of gully erosion using DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoirs.
  7. Protect 4,000 feet of stream bank using C650 Stream bank Stabilization.
  8. Install 28,000 feet of fence to exclude livestock from woodlands using DFR-5 Woodland Protection.
  9. Address erosion control on 17 critical areas. The practices to be used will by DSL-11 Critical Area Treatment and DWP-3 Sod Waterway.
  10. Hold 73 various information/education activities through the life of the project.

Project support includes: NRCS, USFWS, MDC, UOE, FSA, Osage County SWCD, Maries County Commission, City of Vienna, Conservation Federation of Missouri, Maries-Osage Cattlemen's Association, and Meramec Regional Planning Commission.

Osage County (SWCD): Lower Big Maries River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Establish and improve 1,115 acres of grassland using DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment, DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement, DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement and DSL-11 Permanent Vegetative Cover - Critical Areas.
  2. Reduce soil erosion from 300 acres of cropland using the DSL-15 No-Till Systems.
  3. Establish grazing systems on 3,000 acres to enhance forage production which will increase water infiltration and decrease soil erosion and nutrient runoff. The practices to be used include DSP-3, 33 and 333 Planned Grazing System, Planned Grazing System with Pond and Planned Grazing System with Well.
  4. Protect 6,000 feet of stream bank using C650 Stream bank Stabilization.
  5. Prevent agricultural non point source pollution from entering streams by establishing 550 acres of buffering practices. These practices include C050 Alternative Watering Systems, N391 Riparian Forest Buffer and N386 Field Border.
  6. Construct 6 waste management systems to alleviate animal waste problems. This goal is comprised of five N317 Composting Facilities and one N312 Waste Management Systems.
  7. Protect ground water by developing 15 springs using N574 Spring Development and decommissioning 7 wells using N351 Well Decommissioning.
  8. Prevent gully erosion on 12 sites using DWC-1 Water Impoundment Reservoir.
  9. Reduce nutrient runoff by encouraging landowners to properly apply animal waste following comprehensive nutrient management plan standards using the N633 Waste Utilization on 3,500 acres.
  10. Provide assistance to transport 50,000 cubic yards of animal waste from excessive production areas to be applied to agricultural land following nutrient management criteria. The practice to be used is N634 Manure Transfer.
  11. Construct 12,000 feet of fence to protect woodlands from livestock use. The DFR-5 Woodland Protection practice will be used for livestock exclusion.
  12. Hold 55 various information/education activities through the life of the project.

Project support includes: National Wild Turkey Federation, Maries County SWCD, NRCS, Conservation Federation of Missouri, MDC, USFWS, UOE, Marie-Osage Cattlemen's Association, Osage County Commission, FSA, Meremac Regional Planning Commission, DNR, and Osage Independent Pork Producers.

Ozark County (SWCD): South Bull Shoals

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce erosion on 1,150 acres using erosion control practices. These practices include DSL-1 Permanent Vegetative Cover Establishment and DSL-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Improvement.
  2. Enhance pasture conditions through proper grazing management on 5,540 acres by establishing DSP-3 Planned Grazing Systems, DSP-33 Planned Grazing System with Pond and DSP-2 Permanent Vegetative Cover Enhancement.
  3. Protect 1,790 acres of woodlands using DFR-4 Forest Plantation, N472 Use Exclusion and Timber Stand Improvement (Funded specifically through MDC and NRCS).
  4. Construct 10,000 feet of fence to exclude livestock from woodlands and other sensitive areas using the DFR-5 Woodland Protection practice.
  5. Prevent sediment and nutrient runoff by implementing 130 acres of buffering practices. These practices include N391 Riparian Forest Buffer, C050 Alternative Watering Systems and CCRP Continuous Conservation Reserve Program practices (Funded through FSA).
  6. Protect 1,500 feet of stream bank stabilization using C650 Stream bank Stabilization practice.
  7. Protect ground water quality by developing five springs using N574 Spring Development and decommissioning ten wells using N351 Well Decommissioning.
  8. Prevent animal waste from entering streams by constructing two N312 Waste Management Systems.
  9. Promote proper application of nutrients on 4,240 acres of pasture and hayland using the N590 Nutrient Management and N633 Waste Utilization.
  10. Hold 85 various information/education activities through the life of the project.

Project support includes: NRCS, USFWS, MDC, Upper White River Basin Foundation, Ozark County Times, FSA, UOE, Quail Unlimited, Department of the Army, Lutie R-VI Accelerated School, AAA Accounting and Financial Services, Gaston's White River Resort, Gainesville Lions Club, Ozark Cattlemen's Association, Thornfield School, Gainesville FFA, and Pontiac Cove.

Shelby County (SWCD): North Fork Salt River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Reduce erosion on 10,000 acres of cropland by installing 262,585 feet of terraces, 37 grade stabilization or water control and sediment control basin, and 61 acres of grass waterways.
  2. Reduce the amount of atrazine, nutrients and pesticides on 1,000 acres through implementation of BMPs.
  3. Develop and implement one Comprehensive nutrient management plan on an existing animal waste system.
  4. Implement or install 150 acres of riparian protection by, installing 100 acres of Filter Strips, 25 acres of riparian forest buffer, and 25 acres of field borders.

Project support includes: Macon Co SWCD, NRCS, FSA, NERO, Department of Defense, Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission and the City of Shelbina.

Warren County (SWCD): Charlett Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. Maintaining and improving pastureland/grassland in the watershed by implementing rotational grazing on 1010 acres of grassland, and establishing or improving grassland on 1200 acres.
  2. Maintaining and improving water quality.
  3. Providing buffers on 200 acres.
  4. Providing cropland protection on 800 acres.
  5. Installing 11,200 feet of terraces or diversions.
  6. Implement nutrient and pest management plans on 1000 acres.
  7. Providing waste management on 6 acres.
  8. Excluding or installing riparian buffers on 2235 acres.
  9. Protecting surface and ground water by developing 5 springs into livestock watering, decommissioning 20 abandoned wells, constructing 39 acres of sod waterways or critical area treatment, and installing 5000 feet of stream bank protection.

Project support includes: Natural Resources Conservation Service, MO Department of Conservation, University Outreach and Extension, Loutre River Quail Unlimited, MFA, Bellflower Service and Supply Coop, and Innsbrook Corporation.

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