Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative


"Known as “America’s River,” the Mississippi River is North America’s largest river, flowing over 2,300 miles through America’s heartland to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the centerpiece of the second largest watershed in the world. The watershed not only provides drinking water, food, industry, and recreation for millions of people, it also hosts a globally significant migratory flyway and home for over 325 bird species.

Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), NRCS and partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River basin. 

NRCS has identified the Mississippi River basin as a top priority due to water quality concerns, primarily related to the effects of nutrient loading on the health of local water bodies and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico."

(above excerpt from NRCS website ©2017)

 

ARDF Involvement in MRBI

By their design, Arkansas Discovery Farms (ADF) are uniquely positioned to contribute useful information to the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI). The central goal of the ADF project centers on promotion of economically viable yet environmentally sound farming systems. Documentation of such  production systems is currently being achieved on Arkansas Discovery Farms using whole-field monitoring systems, which is a voluntary monitoring protocol also specified by the MRBI.

Arkansas Discovery Farms and the MRBI

By their design, Arkansas Discovery Farms (ADF) are uniquely positioned to contribute useful information to the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI). The central goal of the ADF project centers on promotion of economically viable yet environmentally sound farming systems. Documentation of such  production systems is currently being achieved on Arkansas Discovery Farms using whole-field monitoring systems, which is a voluntary monitoring protocol also specified by the MRBI.

For more information on history of the MRBI.

For more on Arkansas Discovery Farm involvement in the MRBI.