History of Pemiscot Soil and Water District
Pemiscot County is the Southeastern most county in Missouri in an area commonly known as the Bootheel. The county is bordered on the west by Dunklin County, Mo.; on the north by New Madrid County, Mo.; on the east by the Mississippi River which separates it from Lake and Dyer Counties, Tenn.; and on the South by Mississippi County, Ark. Ground water is abundant in quantities and makes agricultural irrigation feasible and cost effective in all areas of the county. Around 90 percent of the county is cropland with cotton, rice, corn, soybeans, wheat and milo grown annually. Approximately 60 percent of crops are under an irrigation system.
The Pemiscot SWCD was established in 1945 and continues to address soil erosion and water quality concerns with the assistance of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The district encourages the use of conservation planning to reduce erosion and improve water quality. This service is offered by our district using survey and design of erosion control practices reduce soil erosion and improve water quality on agricultural land. Cost-share is available on these practices through the state cost-share program. The district staff assists the Natural Resources Conservation Service in administering the federal programs as well.
Cost-share applications are prepared in the office and approved by the board of supervisors. The board is locally elected officials that set policies for the district. District staff carry out the mission of the district board by ensuring the tax dollars used for the cost-share program are spent wisely.
Information/education programs are available through the district staff to promote wise use of our natural resources and educate the public on the importance of conserving our soil and water.