Soil & Water Conservation Program

Overview of the 4th Call
Agricultural Nonpoint Source Special Area Land Treatment Projects

Carroll County (SWCD): McCroskie Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. address highly erodible cropland on 70% of the acreage eroding above 2T in the watershed utilizing many eligible AgNPS SALT practices,
  2. reduce gully erosion by implementing 31 water impoundment reserviors, sediment retention and control stuctures,
  3. implement 560 acres of planned grazing systems,
  4. 2000 acres of nutrient management,
  5. 2000 acres of pest management,
  6. protect streams by using 280 acres of alternate watering systems and protect streambanks by implementing 350 feet of streambank stabalization,
  7. protect ground water by decommissioning 28 wells,
  8. reduce soil erosion on cropland by implementing terrace systems with tile, cropland protective covers, no-till systems, contour buffer strips and contour strip cropping on 3485 acres, and
  9. prevente erosion on grassland by using 1134 acres of permanent vegetation cover establishments, filter strips, sod waterways, field borders, riparian forrest buffers and marginal pasture.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, Ray County SWCD, Carroll County Commission, Norborne School Stream Team, Carrollton School FFA and area producers.

Hickory County SWCD: Weaubleu Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. inform and educate the landowners in the watershed about best management practices through 77 activities including: annual landowner meetings, SALT newsletters, workshops, Stream Team monitoring, school presentations and projects and sponsored grazing schools,
  2. control erosion by using DFR-5 livestock exclusion, DSP-3 planned grazing system, C-050 alternative watering system and N-472 use exclusion on 15,000 acres and DSL-1and DSL-2 seeding, DSL-11 critical area seeding, DWC-1 structures andDWP-3 sod waterways on 2161 acres,
  3. manage 1911 acres of pasture by implementing vegetative cover enhancement, planned grazing systems, alternative watering systems and use exclusions,
  4. protect streambanks by using 2500 feet of streambank stabalization,
  5. utilize 1250 acres of waste and pest management,
  6. transfer 27,650 cubic yards of manure, and
  7. protect ground water by decommissioning 10 wells and developing 12 springs.

Project support includes: Polk County SWCD, St. Clair County SWCD, MDC, NRCS, UOE, FSA, Quails Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, USFWS, Weaubleau and Wheatland High Schools, Hickory County Commission, Hickory County Farm Bureau and Weaubleau MFA.

Mercer County SWCD: Honey Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. reduce erosion by implementing 42,200 feet of terrace systems and diversions and 70 grade stabalization structures, sediment retention basins and sod waterways,
  2. manage pastures by using planned grazing systems, nutrient management and permanent vegetative covers on 2275 acres,
  3. protect crops by implementing 1160 acres of pest and nutrient management and contour strip cropping,
  4. protect ground water by decommissioning 8 wells,
  5. improve nutrient, pest and animal waste management to a level that would remove the stream from the 303(d) list of impaired waters of Missouri,
  6. protect streambanks through 40 acres of filter strips and riparian forrest buffers, and
  7. promote information and education by holding 7 worshops and tours and mailing 14 different newsletters.

Project support includes: Grundy County SWCD, Grundy County FSA, Mercer County FSA, Grundy County Commission, Mercer County Commission, MDC, UOE and NRCS.

Monroe County SWCD: Bee and Turkey Creeks

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. control erosion by impletmenting waterways, terracres and permanent vegetative cover establishments on 4485 acres,
  2. manage pastures through 3261 acres of planned grazing systems (with and without ponds), pasture improvment, alternative watering systems and use exclusion,
  3. reduce sedimentation in Mark Twain Lake by stabilizing 12 miles of streams,
  4. increase and improve the acres of riparian buffers along 12 miles of stream as well as filter strips and field borders,
  5. reduce the amount of atrazine, nutrients and pesticides in the watershed through implementation of 6,250 acres of pest and nutrient management practices,
  6. protect ground water by decommissioning 25 wells, and
  7. providing information and education to landowners through newletters, tours and workshops.

Project support includes: MDC, NRCS and UOE.

Putnum County SWCD: Blackbird Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. implement 1175 acres of soil conservation practices including: filter strips, riparian forest buffers, field borders, sod waterways and contour buffer strips,
  2. manage pastures through planned grazing systems (with and without ponds) and alternative watering systems on 500 acres,
  3. provide information and education to landowners through newletters, newspaper and radio, workshops, tours, demonstrations, farm visits and steering  committee meetings,
  4. control erosion on 575 acres by using permanent vegetative cover establishments, diversions and use exclusion,
  5. protect ground water by decommissioning 15 wells,
  6. reduce the amount of sediment going into Lake Mahoney and Lake Thunderhead by 15%, and
  7. reduce the amount of nutrients and pesticides going into our water sources by 10%.

Project support includes: City of Unionville, Blackbird Creek Cattle Company and Lake Thunderhead Wildflower Community.

Randolph County SWCD: Dark and Sugar Creeks

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. implement 40 grade stabalization structures,
  2. provide information and education to the district through water quality school demonstrations, student field days, adult field days and meetings, annual meetings, and publish and mail quarterly newsletter,
  3. establish 4950 acres of grassland practices through planned grazing systems, seeding and fertilization, and
  4. improve the quality of water entering Dark, Sugar and Sinking Creeks by implementing terraces, waterways, critical area treatments and filter and buffer strips on 133 acres.

Project support includes: MDC, AECI, UOE, Missouri Lakes, City of Moberly and Randolph County Farm Bureau.

Saline County SWCD: Finney Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. educate and inform the district through informational meetings, news articles and radio programs,
  2. improve water quality by implementing field borders, filter strips, forest buffer strips, contour buffer strips and sod waterways on 585 acres,
  3. establish 19,500 acres of nutrient and pest management,
  4. reduce erosion through 2400 acres of terraces, 6 grade stabalization structures and 6000 acres of no-till cropland, and
  5. improve and protect water quality by decommissioning 6 wells and implementing 3000 acres of grazing systems.

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

Scotland County SWCD: Little Fox Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. reduce sedimentation by using field borders, filter strips and riparian corridors on 400 acres,
  2. control erosion of 3000 acres by implementing cover and no-till crops and seedings; and structures and waterways on 41 acres,
  3. practice intensive erosion control through 120,000 feet of terraces and diversions,
  4. establish nutrient management on 2500 acres, as well as pest management on 1000 acres,
  5. protect ground water by decommissioning 7 wells, and
  6. inform and educate the district through field days, tours, workshops and newsletters.

Project support includes: Various Iowa SWCDs, NRCS, Fox River Ecosystem Development, Pheasants Forever, Northeast RCandD and FSA.

Stone County SWCD: Crane Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. decrease the amount of sediment/nutrient loading levels entering the stream by developing and implementing total resource management plans on approximately 16,000 acres of pasture and hayland,
  2. control erosion through seeding, critical area planting and livestock exclusion on 10,000 acres,
  3. implement grazing systems, pasture improvement and sinkhole improvement on 5502 acres to manage pastureland,
  4. promote proper waste management as to reduce the amount of pesticides, nutrients and fecal contamination,
  5. establish or improve riparian corridors, streambank stabalization and restoration, and alternative watering systems on 4000 acres,
  6. work with 1,100 acres of road and urban areas such as road side ditches and testing wells,
  7. protect ground water by decommissioning 2 wells,
  8. promote or showcase practices being implemented in the watershed through information/education activities such as workshops, tours, field days, grazing schools and news, and
  9. conduct one grazing school for a landowner in the AgNPS SALT area.

Project support includes: Reeds Spring Stream Team, City of Crane, MRCS, MDC, Stone County UOE, SW RCandD, FSA, Farm Credit Service, Earth Team volunteers, Judy Berstresser, County Commission, Stone County Publishing and James River Basin Partnership.

Vernon County SWCD: Lower Marmaton River

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. to prevent further deterioration of the Marmaton River's natural health by reducing contaminants entering the river by introducing field borders, CRP filter strips and riparian forest buffers on 255 acres,
  2. establish and improve pasture management practices on 1150 acres including: pasture enhancement, planned grazing systems ( with and without pond), alternative watering systems and woodland protection,
  3. implement nutrient and pest management on 7600 acres,
  4. control erosion using permanent vegetative cover establishments, terraces and diversions on 3350 acres,
  5. provide information and education through 13 workshops, tours and informational meetings,
  6. practice intensive erosion control through 15 water impoundment reservoirs and 5 erosion control structures, 
  7. protect ground water by decommissioning 5 wells, and
  8. protect forest areas through 20 acres of forest plantation.

Project support includes: NRCS, University of Missouri Cooperative Outreach Extension, MDC and Vernon County Commission.

Webster County SWCD: James River Headwaters

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. improve and/or maintain ground and surface water quality and quantity using 10 spring developments, 15 decommissioned wells and 5 sinkhole improvements,
  2. improve and/or maintain grassland health through pasture improvement, grazing systems, alternative watering systems and pest management on 5020 acres,
  3. improve and/or maintain quality of streams and rivers in the watershed using 500 acres of riparian forest buffers, 20 acres of livestock exclusion and 500 feet of streambank stabalization,
  4. educate and inform the Amish farmers about applicable conservation practices,
  5. improve/maintain 605 acres of woodland health by implementing management plans, tree/shrub establishments and livestock exclusions, and
  6. educate and inform landowners about noxious weeds in project area to allow desirable plant species to provide adequate ground cover and wildlife habitat.

Project support includes: Webster County Commission, NRCS, UOE, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, FSA, MDC, James River Basin Partnership and City Utilities of Springfield.