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News and Reports > Mississippi Water Conservation Management Inititative Signup Announced

June 10, 2014 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced a sign-up for the Mississippi Water Conservation Management Project (MWCMP) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The EQIP offers a continuous sign-up however applications received by June 30, 2014 will be considered for funding in 2014 for the MWCMP.

The MWCMP is a voluntary conservation program that enables the use of the EQIP,with resources of eligible partners, to provide financial assistance to owners and operators of irrigated agricultural land to address water conservation management resource concerns.

The priority resource concerns in the Mississippi Delta and Bluff counties will focus on using management practices to solve serious conservation issues. The priority resource concern that will be addressed in this project are water quantity however water quality will also be addressed through certain conservation practices.

“This is an excellent opportunity to help our Mississippi producers voluntarily conserve critical water supplies in the Mississippi Delta through our program”, stated Kurt Readus, Mississippi NRCS State Conservationist.

The MWCMP is only available in the following 19 counties in Mississippi: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo. Only the portions of the bluff counties over the Mississippi River Valley Aquifer (MRVA) are eligible.

Owners and operators of irrigated agricultural lands are eligible to apply for program benefits offered through MWCMP. In order for a producer to be considered for financial assistance, the land associated with a program application must be located within the MRVA. Only producers who meet the Agriculture Act of 2014 eligibility requirements may receive financial assistance through this program.

Producers can apply for financial assistance by contacting the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Office in their local USDA Service Center. Practices eligible under this program include Phaucet, pump timers, Surge Valves, pump automation, soil moisture sensors, side inlet irrigation, rice markers, water level sensors, PAM, pumping plant, flowmeters and other practice.