The Mississippi River is the largest river in North America, flowing over 2,300 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The watershed not only provides drinking water, food, industry and recreation for millions of people, but it also hosts a globally significant migratory flyway and home for more than 325 bird species.
The Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) is a program designed to reduce nutrient and sediment losses from agricultural sources to improve water quality in local waterbodies and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.
In Ohio, Upper Paint Creek was selected as a high priority, impaired, water-shed with resource concerns that could be addressed by this program. Portions of Clark, Clinton, Greene, Fayette, Highland, and Madison counties were approved for additional $1 million of funding through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help landowners install conservation practices in this watershed.
If you have been thinking about improving soil health, nutrient management, and/or wildlife habitat, now is the time to apply. This program for the Upper Paint Creek watershed will only be available for three years. The deadline to apply for the first year of funding is Feb. 19.
A landowner informational meeting will be held on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Fayette SWCD, 1415 US 22 SW, Washington C.H. Contact the Fayette SWCD/NRCS at 740-636-0279.