Preventing Runoff Into The Mississippi River


A U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INTITIATIVE
IS HELPING MISSOURI FARMERS KEEP FARM FIELD RUNOFF FROM REACHING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
U-S-D-A’S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE IS WORKING WITH PRODUCERS THROUGH
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BASIN HEALTHY WATERSHEDS INITIATIVE, OR M-R-B-EYE. The focus of the
MRBI project is to hopefully cut down on sediment, nutrients and pesticides that are moving down
the Mississippi River to the Gulf Mexico.U-S-D-A N-R-C-S AND INITIATIVE PARTNERS ARE WORKING
WITH FARMERS TO DETERMINE WHICH CONSERVATION PRACTICES – AND WHICH CONSERVATION SYSTEMS
– WORK BEST ON THEIR FARMS TO KEEP RUNOFF REACHING THE MISSISSIPPI. What we’re trying
to do is identify what conservation practices will have the biggest impact in the reduction
of nutrient transport to the Mississippi River, which eventually makes its way to the Gulf
of Mexico. ONE SUCH CONSERVATION PRACTICE IS TERRACING. By building the terraces it
controls erosion, which then reduces sediment. By reducing sediment we’re also going to
be reducing the hypoxia issue in the Gulf. We wanted to then monitor what effects we
could have on reductions by putting out monitoring stations, such as this one so we could be
able to determine what benefits we’re having with the cost share dollars that we are putting
on the land.LANDOWNERS INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT THEIR SOIL AND REDUCE
RUNOFF SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL N-R-C-S OFFICE.

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