Soil & Water Conservation Program

Overview of the 3rd Call

Agricultural Nonpoint Source Special Area Land Treatment Projects

Cape Girardeau County: Hubble Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. to reduce erosion on 900 acres of highly erodible soil units by using cropland protection, filter strips, seedings, sod waterways and field borders,
  2. reduce gully erosion through 80 water control structures and water impoundment reservoirs,
  3. using educational programs, tours, and demonstration projects to encourage participation of landowners within the Hubble Creek watershed,
  4. to introduce both new and current beneficial management practices, and encourage total resources conservation management planning, and
  5. to use financial incentives by use of cost-share programs to encourage Best Management Practices (BMP) including: 250 acres Riparian Forest Buffers, 1000 acres of Planned Grazing Systems and 100 acres of Vegetative Cover Establishment.

Project support includes: Cape Girardeau County Commission, University Outreach and Extension (UOE), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Moniteau County: North Moreau Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. decrease the amount of sediment, nutrient, and pesticide load levels entering the stream by implementing Resource Management System on 5,000 acres, plus another 10,000 acres planned to T or below,
  2. promote proper waste management facilities so as to reduce the amount of nutrient and fecal contamination by implementing Nutrient Management Plans and Waste Utilization Plans on an additional 2,500 acres not covered under RMS planning,
  3. establish or improve 240 acres of riparian corridors or filter strips along 20 miles of the stream adjacent to crop fields since these corridors are the most effective means of trapping sediment, nutrients, and pesticides,
  4. install stream bank stabilization practices on at least 15 critical sites along the stream, and
  5. conduct at least two workshops or tours annually to promote or showcase the practices being established in the watershed.

Project support includes: MDC, NRCS, FSA, DNR, Morgan County SWCD, and Cooper County SWCD.

Pemiscot County: Pemiscot Bayou

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. use Residue Management to save approximately 26,000 tons of soil per year on 13,000 acres of the conventionally tilled cropland from sheet-rill and wind erosion,
  2. plant 375 acres of grass filter strips along field edges and riparian corridors to benefit 15,000 acres, reducing sedimentation and subsequently creating wildlife habitat,
  3. plant 80 acres of windbreaks to protect 1,000 acres of cropland and riparian corridors,
  4. apply nutrient and pest management techniques, according to ICM, on 13,000 acres of cropland,
  5. stop excessive gully erosion adjacent to the Pemiscot Bayou by installing structures, and
  6. increase irrigation efficiency on 2,000 acres of furrow irrigated cropland.

Project support includes: NRCS, Missouri Bootheel Partners Program - Cropland Flooding Program, stream team, MDC, Caruthersville High School, Cooter High School, Delta C-7, Hayti High School, South Pemiscot High School, Southeast Missouri RDandC, Ag Distributors, Helena Chemical Company, Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1, FSA, UOE, Delta Research Center and Southern Telecommunications Center.

Pettis County: Camp Branch and Basin Fork

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. establish or enhance 23 miles of buffers along streams in the watershed adjoining agricultural land,
  2. reduce nutrient/sediment-loading levels on Camp Branch and Basin Fork creeks and their tributaries by establishing BMPs on 15,625 acres in the watershed,
  3. improve or create wildlife habitat in the watershed for species such as the prairie chicken by planting appropriate vegetation, maintaining existing plant cover, and by promoting the natural establishment of desirable plants such as native warm season grasses and wildlife-friendly cool season grasses, and
  4. improve grassland conditions in the watershed by establishing BMPs on 7000 acres of grassland.

Project support includes: MDC, DNR, NRCS, UOE, Tyson Foods and Pettis County Commission.

Polk County: Bear Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. inform and educate 90% of landowners in the project area about Best Management Practices,
  2. restore riparian corridor/livestock exclusion from streams and woodlands,
  3. organize 2 volunteer stream teams to survey macro invertebrates on a semi-annual basis to establish both baseline and project improvements in water quality,
  4. to involve schools and community organizations to insure our changes are long lasting and deep rooted in the community, and
  5. improve quality and management of both grassland and timber.

Project support includes: Cedar County SWCD, DNR, MDC, NRCS, USFWS, UOE, FSA, Fair Play FFA, Bolivar FFA and Quail Unlimited.

Stoddard County: Jenkins Basin

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. protect and improve the quality of ground and surface water in the watershed through 184 acres of grade stabalization structures, filter strips and upland wildlife habitat management and demommission 50 wells,

  2. implement irrigation practices on 14,624 acres using flat tubing and irrigation water management, 208,920 feet of a permanent outside levee, underground pipeline, crown regrade and pivot renozzle, and 105 sure valves and wier boxes,
  3. promote 11,000 acres of pest and nutrient management, and
  4. increase the public's awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of water quality BMPs.

Project support includes: MDC, NRCS, Stoddard County NRCS Irrigation Office, Dexter Field Office, University of Missouri - Columbia, Cape Girardeau SWCD, Southeast Missouri State University, Little River Drainage District and UOE.

Wright County: Whetstone Creek

Objectives of the AgNPS SALT project include:
  1. improve and/or maintain pasture and grassland health on 833 acres,
  2. establish and/or improve waste management systems by implementing nutrient management, waste utilitzation and manure transfer,
  3. provide information and education support through 954 actvities including: field days, tours, news articles, outreach mailings, planning meetings, contacts and soil and manure testing,
  4. establish and/or improve existing riparian corridor, and
  5. improve and/or maintain ground and surface water quality by decommissioning 5 wells, stabalizing 2 streambanks, 1 alternative watering system and improving 10 ponds.

Project support includes: NRCS, MDC, FSA, Wright County Commission, UOE, Mountain Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant, Mountain Grove Bear Pack #50 - Stream Team #1190, Texas County SWCD and David Simpson - Stream Team #1506.