Cover photo for Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)

U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Closed Indefinitely

Our sources indicate that this program is closed indefinitely and unlikely to reopen.

The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) is accelerating voluntary, on-farm conservation investments and focused water quality monitoring and assessment resources in the Mississippi River watershed.

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. The Mississippi River watershed not only provides drinking water, food, industry and recreation for millions of people, it also hosts the migratory flyway and home for more than 325 bird species.

Elevated nutrient levels in the Mississippi River flow downstream and are contributing to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic (low-oxygen) zone. To address these water quality concerns and agricultural sources of nutrients and sediment, NRCS is working with farmers and conservation partners to implement conservation practices proven to improve the overall health of the Mississippi River.




April 7, 2023

Financial Instrument


Total Program Funding


Updated April 18, 2024

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