Strategic Objectives of White River Watershed “stakeholders”

Posted: June 4, 2013 in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, Economic Freedom, Legislative Issues

Tomorrow I will be posting tons of pdf’s and documents substantiating that the “Blueway” designation is far from innocuous and will definitely affect land owners within the 21,000 square mile area. For now, please familiarize yourself with the stated objectives from the “stakeholders”. Here is the “Nomination” pdf by the “stakeholder” groups seeking the National Blueway designation from which the Startegic Objectives below are taken:

Strategic Objectives

Strategic objectives are the actions designed to achieve the strategic goals over the next seven

to ten years. These include projects compiled from all Coalition members. Coalition

members will primarily work together in areas where individual goals and objectives overlap,

but for which project leads will be determined by member (in parentheses). Short (1-3 years)

and mid-term (3-7 years) objectives are identified for each Strategic Goal and organized as

items to complete and items to initiate.

HABITAT Short-term (1-3 years)

1. Complete approval of Cache River NWR expansion area boundary by 102,000 acres

(USFWS)

2. Complete approval of White River NWR expansion area boundary by 125,000 acres

(USFWS)

3. Complete restoration project on the upper 3 meanders of the lower Cache River

(USACE/TNC)

4. Complete acquisition and restoration of 15,000 acres through WRP (NRCS)

a. Establish minimum 180’ wide vegetative buffers along all surface water.

5. Complete acquisition of 5,000 acres into public ownership (USFWS/AGFC)

6. Initiate planning of the restoration of the lower 3 meanders of the lower Cache River

(TNC)

7. Initiate watershed restoration plan of the Cache River Basin (USACE)

a. Create a multiple-party, widely scoped Watershed Management Plan

8. Recruit the National Park Service and USDA Forest Service, and institutions of

higher education in both states into the Blueway’s managing body

HABITAT MId-term (3-7 years)

1. Complete restoration of the lower 3 meanders of the lower Cache River (TNC)

2. Complete acquisition and restoration of 40,000 acres through conservation

easements or long-term agreements (NRCS/USFWS)

3. Complete acquisition and restoration of 35,000 acres of public land

(USFWS/AGFC)

4. Complete White River Comprehensive Study (USACE)

5. Complete 10 additional stream restoration projects (TNC/NRCS)

6. Initiate implementation of the watershed management plan in the upper Cache River

watershed (USACE)

a. Alleviate Grubbs Blockage on Cache River with a multi-partner approach

that provides flood relief

AGRICULTURE Short-term (1-3 years)

1. Complete enrollment of 10% of eligible cropland into conservation programs

(NRCS)

a. Develop conservation plans for 75% of the farms in the designated

watersheds.

b. Obtain funds to implement conservation plans, and implement the plans.

2. Complete restoration of 20,000 acres of public forestland into desired condition for

wildlife (USFWS/AGFC)

a. Plan, implement, and /or complete silvicultural treatments and reforestation

to enhance forest habitat according to DFCs – 5,000 acres on Cache River

NWR and 15,000 acres on White River NWR

b. Implement at least one grassland/prairie restoration/demonstration project

on Cache River NWR and on White River NWR;

3. Complete restoration of 30,000 acres of farmland to desired condition for wildlife

(NRCS/TNC/USFWS)

a. Implement 25 new Partners for Fish and Wildlife projects;

b. 5 Additional stream restoration project in conjunction with NRCS

4. Recruit Farm Bureau offices in both states to the Blueway’s managing body

AGRICULTURE Mid-term (3-7 years)

1. Complete enrollment of 30% of eligible cropland into conservation programs

(NRCS)

2. Complete restoration of 50,000 acres of public forestland for desired condition for

wildlife (USFWS)

3. Complete restoration of 60,000 acres of farmland to desired habitat condition for

wildlife (NRCS/TNC/USFWS)

HYDROLOGY Short-term (1-3 years)

1. Complete reduction of on-farm, consumptive water use by 5% using irrigation

efficiency practices (NRCS)

2. Complete the inclusion of ecological flows for the Cache River and Bayou DeView

into the Arkansas State Water Plan (TNC)

a. ensuring positive flow regimes.

3. Initiate a plan for sustainable flood risk management that supports food security

(USACE)

a. Resolve dredge spoil deposition issue on White River NWR through land

exchange with USACE;

b. Control encroachment of human activities into the existing floodplain

4. Initiate a collaborative water quality monitoring program for the project area rivers

to prioritize sub-watershed sediment issues (TNC)

a. Obtain extensive water quality information in the area to identify the

watersheds needing the greatest treatment.

b. Measurably improve water quality in Cache and White River.

c. Through water quality monitoring, be able to detect water quality

improvements.

d. Reduce in-stream sediment loading that encumbers both adequate flow

hydraulics, increases risk from flooding, and increases maintenance costs.

5. Initiate the increase of annual, seasonal flooding of agricultural lands for wildlife

habitat by 10% (DU)

6. Initiate discussions between Coalition partners, Southwest Power Administration

and the Corps of Engineers aimed at designing and implementing scientifically-based

release guidelines for impoundments in the upper Watershed.

HYDROLOGY Mid-term (3-7 yrs)

1. Complete reduction of on-farm, consumptive water use by 15% using irrigation

efficiency practices (NRCS)

2. Implement a coordinated water quality monitoring program to prioritize subwatershed

sedimentation projects (TNC)

3. Implement the plan for sustainable flood risk management that supports food

security (COE)

a. Setback levees to restore historic floodplain habitat.

4. Complete the removal of 1 sub-watershed from the EPA list of impaired watersheds

by working with ADEQ (TNC)

5. Initiate the increase of annual, seasonal flooding of agricultural lands for wildlife

habitat by 20% (DU)

6. Monitor release guidelines and adapt as necessary

7. Complete and implement release guidelines in the upper Watershed

RECREATION Short-term (1-3 years)

1. Complete the opening of the Bayou DeView Water Trail with associated camping

platforms (AGFC/USFWS)

2. Complete increase in land available to the public by 5,000 acres (USFWS)

a. Explore opportunities to expand appropriate, compatible recreational

opportunities on public lands;

3. Complete the enhancement of 4,000 acres of public wetland habitat for recreational

use (AGFC/USFWS/DU)

4. Initiate the planning of a birding trail network (AA)

5. Initiate the installation of 15 miles of interpretive hiking trails within the refuge

system (USFWS/AGFC)

6. Initiate the identification of public access needs (USFWS/AGFC)

a. Provide for public access points and public viewing areas for recreational

economics.

7. Recruit Missouri state wildlife and conservation agencies, sportsmen’s associations

from both Watershed states and Missouri chapters of Audubon and Ducks

Unlimited to the Blueway’s managing body.

RECREATION Mid-term (3-7 years)

1. Complete the addition of 35,000 acres available for public use (USFWS/AGFC)

2. Complete additional 2,500 acres of public wetland enhancement for recreational use

(DU/AGFC/USFWS)

3. Complete the addition of 30 miles of interpretive hiking trails (USFWS/AGFC)

4. Complete a package and market an Arkansas Delta Water Trail System

5. Complete construction of at least 3 new boat ramps on public land (AGFC/USFWS)

6. Complete the creation and implement the marketing of a birding trail network (AA)

EDUCATION and OUTREACH Short-term (1-3 years)

1. Complete the development of an AGO Outreach Plan (TNC)

a. Solidify and implement AGO working group planning/action/advocacy;

b. Establish “Friends” group for Cache River NWR/Big Woods (e.g., Friends

of SOCNFWR model) (USFWS);

2. Initiate the documentation/report of the Blueway’s economic impact

(TNC/USFWS)

3. Recruit river communities from both states to the task of grass roots advocacy for

Blueway-related issues and resource investment

EDUCATION and OUTREACH Mid-term (3-7 years)

1. Complete and implement an AGO Outreach Plan (TNC)

2. Initiate the development of agritourism / nature tourism training workshop (AA)

3. Initiate the enhancement of environmental education and interpretation programs

(AGFC/USFWS)

4. Continue to document and market the value of Blueway’s economic benefits

Comments
  1. […] The nominating committee, consisting of the groups above and one State agency from Missouri and several from Arkansas, spelled out just what their plans are for the 17.8 million acres in the watershed in the Nominating pdf. Here are a few highlights from that plan, which you can find copied from the document at prcnews.org. […]

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