Soil & Water Conservation Program

Overview of the 1st Call

Agricultural Nonpoint Source Special Area Land Treatment Projects
(AgNPS SALT)

(NOTE: Some standard terminology is defined at the end of this document.)

Barry County SWCD: Upper Shoal Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (1/23)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. educating and training landowners in nutrient management,
  2. assisting landowners in the project area with the establishment of nutrient management systems,
  3. improving existing or establish riparian corridor,
  4. establishing baseline levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in streams and springs,
  5. promoting the planting of grass species that more efficiently utilize nutrients,
  6. increasing efficiency of nutrient use through demonstration of new litter-handling practices,
  7. establishing baseline levels and determine safe levels of soil test phosphorus, and
  8. increasing knowledge of pollution prevention.

Project support includes: Newton County SWCD, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), University Outreach and Extension (UOE), University of Missouri, Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development (RCandD), several poultry industries and Stream Team volunteers.

Bates County SWCD: Miami Creek/ Drexel Lake

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (1/23)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. developing a public and landowner awareness of AgNPS pollution,
  2. improving water quality by reducing runoff of commercial chemicals and nutrients by implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs),
  3. reducing animal waste and associated nutrient runoff through the implementation of BMPs,
  4. improving the public water supply by reducing sediment load through the implementation of BMPs.

Project support includes: Osage Valley RCandD, MDC, NRCS, City of Butler, City of Drexel, UOE.

Boone County SWCD: Bonne Femme and Little Bonne Femme Creeks

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (10/21)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. adoption of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for riparian corridor improvement and management along 4.5 miles of stream,
  2. adoption of BMPs that reduce fecal coliform bacteria, nutrients, pesticides, Stormwater and/or sediment runoff from grazing land, cropland, and small grazing acreages, and
  3. adoption of water quality monitoring by landowners in the watersheds.

Project support include: MDC, NRCS, Show-Me Clean Streams, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, DNR, Boone County Commission, Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, Boone County Health Department and local schools.

Carroll County SWCD: Turkey Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (01/03)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. treating 75 percent of ground released from CRP with no-till farming practices,
  2. improving waste treatment and handling facilities of each livestock operation in order to meet DNR standards,
  3. having 60 percent of the crop producers using Integrated Crop Management (ICM) techniques meeting NRCS standards and specifications,
  4. treating sheet and rill erosion on 60 percent of cropland to reach "tolerable soil loss" ("T") levels,
  5. treating 270 acres of gully erosion, and
  6. informing and educating 95 percent of landowners in the project area about BMPs.

Project support includes: Ray County SWCD, NRCS, UOE, MDC, Ray-Carroll Cooperative, Lexington MFA and Norborne High School Stream Team.

Dekalb County SWCD: Cameron Lake

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (10/03)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. lowering the use of Atrazine to 50 percent of label rate on 6,000 acres of cropland,
  2. reducing nutrient and sediment delivery to the reservoirs,
  3. providing assistance to landowners within the watershed in the development of Integrated Crop Management (ICM) plans, and
  4. increasing public awareness of nonpoint source pollutants and demonstrating effective alternatives.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, DNR, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, UOE, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), City of Cameron and local agricultural dealerships.

Greene County SWCD: Upper Little Sac River

PROJECT COMPLETED:  Final Report (01/03)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. improving and/or maintaining water quality and quantity,
  2. preventing Stormwater runoff and soil erosion,
  3. improving groundwater quality,
  4. improving quality and management of grassland and timber, and
  5. providing public information and education.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, UOE, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development, Greene county Planning and Zoning Department, Greene County Public Health Department, City Utilities of Springfield, Southwest Missouri State University, Drury College, and Stream Team volunteers.

Harrison County SWCD: Sugar Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (1/23)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. improving water quality through establishment and maintenance of riparian buffers,
  2. achieving soil conservation on 70 percent of agricultural land by reducing erosion and through adoption of nutrient and pesticide management practices,
  3. improving management and marketing of grass and timber, and
  4. gaining support of landowners, farm operators, youth and community organizations for the project.

Project support includes: DNR, MDC, NRCS, UOE, stream teams.

Laclede County SWCD: Brush Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (12/29)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. improving pastureland through development of livestock watering distribution, control of undesirable vegetation, and enhancement of plant diversity,
  2. reducing runoff velocity and increasing filtration on pastureland,
  3. containment and application of concentrated effluent produced by small to medium dairy operations, and
  4. creating and maintaining conservation buffer areas adjacent to streams.

Project support includes: MDC, NRCS, EPA, and UOE.

Osage County SWCD: Loose Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (1/23)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. develop a public and landowner awareness of nonpoint source pollution,
  2. implement animal nutrient management plans and associated non-structural BMPs,
  3. increase awareness and use of new application technology dealing with animal nutrient application,
  4. offer cost-share practices and other incentives to producers so as to accelerate adoption of nutrient management plans and associated BMPs, and
  5. maintain a water quality monitoring program to establish baseline information and track improvement to water quality.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, Missouri Farm Bureau, UOE, University of Missouri, Missouri Pork Producers Association, Linn Young Farmers, Fatima Young Farmers, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Army National Guard and local business and organizations.

Randolph County SWCD: Silver Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (12/29)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. educating and informing residents about water quality through demonstrations, newsletters, field days and one-on-one assistance,
  2. providing information on timber management,
  3. assisting landowners in improving pasture management,
  4. protecting and improving riparian areas,
  5. controlling and preventing sheet, rill, and gully erosion,
  6. improving pesticide and nutrient management methods, and
  7. improving methods of disposal of farm and household waste.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, UOE, Missouri Cattleman's Association, United Soil Technologies, Missouri Pork Producers Association, Westran Future Farmers of America, local businesses and stream teams.

Saline County SWCD: Cow Creek

PROJECT COMPLETED: Final Report (10/02)

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. develop and implement 91 total resource plans,
  2. have 10,750 acres at or below tolerable soil loss ("T") levels by project end,
  3. develop 36 Total Resource Management plans with a forage legume in the rotation,
  4. reduce gully erosion on crop and pasture to no more than one ton of soil loss per acre per year,
  5. develop and implement approved grazing plans on 30 percent of pastureland,
  6. establish or improve existing riparian corridor along 10 miles of stream,
  7. use a reduced amount, or non-residual, herbicide on 5,000 acres of cropland,
  8. educate 70 percent of operators on water quality issues, and
  9. test 100 private drinking water sources for water quality.

Project support includes: NRCS, UOE, MDC, MFA, McDonnell-Douglas Foundation, USGS, and the Organic Geochemistry Research Group.

Stoddard County SWCD: Cypress Ditch

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. improving the water quality in Cypress Ditch,
  2. treating 75 percent of the project area's irrigated cropland and 20 percent of the area's non-irrigated cropland with water quality-related BMPs,
  3. reducing the amount of pesticide and nutrients in surface water,
  4. participating in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' volunteer stream monitoring program - Stream Teams,
  5. monitoring the quality of surface water in the project area,
  6. evaluating effectiveness of water quality-related BMPs and surface water quality,
  7. evaluating the costs and benefits of implementing water quality-related BMPs in order to determine economic impacts, and
  8. conducting educational and informational activities.

Project support includes: City of Bloomfield, City of Dexter, City of Dudley, Stoddard County Commission, Bootheel Resource Conservation and Development, Southeast Missouri Regional Water District, MDC, DNR, EPA, NRCS, University of Missouri Delta Center Extension Service, USFWS, Ducks Unlimited, Hudson Foods and stream teams.

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