Landowners Along Mississippi River Could Get Financial Help

Owners of land along the Mississippi River in Arkansas may be eligible for financial and other assistance for participating in a federal Wetlands Reserve Program.

Landowners enrolling in the voluntary Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program can receive up to $2,000 per acre for placing an easement on their land, removing land in the Mississippi's active flood plain from agricultural use and allowing for its restoration.

The program's goal is to reduce sediment and nutrients entering waterways, decrease flooding and improve bird and fish habitat in six states, including Arkansas.

The program will provide about $20 million to landowners in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The enrollment period for the program ends May 17.