USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Monday that funding is available for edge of field water quality monitoring in select watershed project areas in Arkansas.

Farmers and landowners in targeted watersheds have until June 14 to submit applications to receive financial assistance for a new project to monitor edge of field water quality on agricultural lands.

Among the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) projects that were approved for monitoring in Arkansas are:

Bayou Meto (middle) in portions of Arkansas, Jefferson, Lonoke and Prairie counties;

Lower Arkansas (upper) in portions of Jefferson, Lonoke and Pulaski counties;

Grand Prairie in portions of Arkansas, Lonoke, Prairie and Monroe counties; and

Bayou Meto (Arkansas County) in portions of Arkansas, Jefferson and Lonoke counties.

Applicants can sign up at local U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service field service centers.

Funding for these projects comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for monitoring projects in 12-digit priority watersheds which have been targeted for funding.

For additional information, such as practice cap and to check to see if you are located in a selected watershed, log on to

NRCS contacts in Lonoke County are Reginald Cunningham, district conservationist, Lonoke Technical Support Office, 1300 N. Center St., Lonoke, 501-676-5116; and,

Zach Dalmut, office manager, Lonoke Technical Service Center, 215 W. Front St., Lonoke, 501-676-0283.