PROJECT COMPONENTS

                       AGRICULTURAL WATER SUPPLY

DESCRIPTION

OBJECTIVE: DEVELOP A PLAN TO PROTECT AND CONSERVE THE GROUNDWATER RESOURCES OF THE BAYOU METO BASIN

IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AREA (IPA) = 433,166 ACRES
• 267,982 ACRES OF IRRIGATED CROPLAND
• 22,079 ACRES OF COMMERCIAL FISHPONDS
• 33,700 ACRES IN BAYOU METO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

PROJECT FEATURES
• SAFE GROUNDWATER YIELD: 148,565 AC-FT ANNUALLY (22% OF TOTAL NEED)
• ON-FARM CONSERVATION & IMPROVEMENTS (WATER MANAGEMENT PLANS RESULT IN IMPROVED IRRIGATION EFFICIENCIES) (16% OF TOTAL NEED)
• TAILWATER RECOVERY SYSTEMS (12% OF TOTAL NEED)
• IMPORT WATER USING ARKANSAS RIVER DIVERSION (50% OF TOTAL NEED)
• FOUR (4) PUMP STATIONS
• NEW CANALS:  107 MILES
• EXISTING DITCHES:  132 MILES
• PIPELINES:  465 MILES
• LOW-LEVEL WEIRS:  56 STRUCTURES
• SCADA CONTROL SYSTEM WITH MEASUREMENT AND MONITORING CAPABILITY

BENEFITS
• PROTECT THE SPARTA AQUIFER 
• PROTECT THE REGIONS DRINKING WATER SUPPLY
• OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
• AVOID REGULATIONS THAT COULD HURT FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
• PROTECT THE ALLUVIAL AQUIFER
• ELIMINATE THREAT OF SALT-WATER INTRUSION
• SUSTAIN IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE CRITICAL TO THE NATION’S FOOD
  INDEPENDENCE
• ENSURE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF THE REGIONS' MUNICIPALITIES (SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND BUISINESSES) 
• FARMS (AGRICULTURAL, AQUACULTURAL AND HUNTING OPERATIONS)
• TOTAL NET REVENUE INCREASES TO $31.7 MILLION (AFTER PROJECT STARTS)
• DECREASE ENERGY COSTS TO IRRIGATE $12.6 MILLION ANNUALLY (AFTER PROJECT STARTS) 
• PROVIDE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT FOR WATERFOWL
• PROVIDE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON NEW ON-FARM 
  RESERVOIR SITES
• ENHANCE AQUATIC HABITAT IN STREAMS AND DITCHES
• INCREASE IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY
• DECREASED ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN REGION
• REDUCED EMISSIONS (AIR QUALITY)

                               FLOOD CONTROL

DESCRIPTION

OBJECTIVE:  DEVELOP A PLAN THAT MINIMIZES FLOOD DAMAGE AND IMPROVES WATER
MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY WITHIN THE BAYOU METO BASIN

DRAINAGE BASIN:  863,712 ACRES

PROJECT FEATURES
• 128 MILES OF CHANNEL IMPROVEMENT WORK
• LITTLE BAYOU METO PUMP STATION (FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER MANAGEMENT FEATURE)
• STRUCTURES FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE ENHANCEMENT
• ADDITIONAL WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES
• RESTORATION OF INDIAN BAYOU

BENEFITS
• REDUCE FLOOD IMPACTS
• PROTECT CROPLAND
• REDUCED TIMBER STRESS
• DECREASE FLOOD DURATIONS
• BETTER MANAGE WATER
• REDUCED TIMBER STRESS
• ENHANCE WATERFOWL HABITAT 
• ALLOW FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF ADJACENT WETLANDS
• MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO THE NATION’S LARGEST BAITFISH OPERATIONS
• HELP RESTORE HISTORICAL BASIN HYDROLOGY
• CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES
• CHANNEL RESTORATION PROVIDING FLOOD RELIEF AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT

                          WATERFOWL MANAGEMENT

DESCRIPTION

OBJECTIVE:  DEVELOP A PLAN TO PROTECT, RESTORE, AND ENHANCE WATERFOWL MANAGEMENT RESOURCES WITHIN THE BAYOU METO BASIN

STUDY AREA:  863,712 ACRES

PROJECT FEATURES
• DEPENDABLE SOURCE OF WATER FOR WETLANDS MANAGEMENT
• WATER MANAGEMENT MEASURES
• LITTLE BAYOU METO PUMP STATION (FLOOD CONTROL AND WATERFOWL   
   MANAGEMENT FEATURE)
• RIPARIAN BUFFERS
• WET AND UPLAND PRAIRIE RESTORATION (UP TO 10,000 ACRES)
• MIGRATORY BIRD MANAGEMENT PLAN 
• MOIST-SOIL HABITAT (240 ACRES)

BENEFITS
• RELIEVE FLOODING AND DRAINAGE PROBLEMS IMPACTING ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES
• SUPPORT YEAR ROUND FISHERIES IN EXISTING STREAMS AND NEW CANALS
• HIGHER WATER LEVELS IN STREAMS
• INCREASED DISSOLVED OXYGEN LEVELS
• SOURCE FOR ADDITIONAL FLOODING OF FIELDS FOR WATERFOWL – 16,500 ACRES
• DEPENDABLE SOURCE OF WATER FOR THE BAYOU METO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
• PROTECT AND PRESERVE AREA WETLANDS
• RIPARIAN BUFFER STRIPS/DROP PIPE STRUCTURES ALONG NEW CANALS & EXISTING 
   STREAMS
• CONTROL WATER TEMPERATURE
• REDUCE SOIL EROSION
• CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF WATER CONTROL STRUCTURES
• IMPOUNDMENT LEVEE IMPROVEMENTS
• PROTECT ECONOMIC BENEFITS DUE TO DUCK HUNTING IN THE REGION
• OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE KING RAIL HABITAT IN PRAIRIE LANDS
• ENHANCE QUALITY OF WATERFOWL NESTING AND FEEDING HABITAT
• ECONOMIC BENEFITS FROM INCREASE IN ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR RECREATION



BAYOU METO WATER MANAGEMENT PROJECT
Lonoke