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Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project collection

Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project collection

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Finding aid for the Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project collection

BC.MSS.04.18

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

September 5, 2014



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:United States Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.
Title: Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project collection
Dates: July 1998
Quantity: 1.17 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection consists of an eleven-volume report prepared by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis Division, regarding land- and water-related concerns for the Grand Prairie region of eastern Arkansas.
Identification: BC.MSS.04.18
Language: English
Permanent URL:http://purl.oclc.org/arstudies/bc-mss-0418

Arrangement

The report is arranged topically. Four of the eleven volumes have been divided into two files because of their size.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of an eleven-volume report prepared by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis Division, regarding land- and water-related concerns for the Grand Prairie region of eastern Arkansas.


Historical Information

The Grand Prairie is located in the Arkansas River Valley and the Mississippi River Valley. Four counties of eastern Arkansas (Arkansas, Lonoke, Monroe, and Prairie counties) contain much of the Grand Prairie. Nineteenth century farmers found the prairie land difficult to convert to farming for cotton or subsistence crops, but early in the twentieth century rice was found to be a productive crop in the region. Conflicts over use of the land and of water resources have since developed between farmers and conservationists; recreational use of the land -- especially hunting -- is also a factor in the management of resources for the region. In 1991 the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis Division, was authorized by Congress to create a system of irrigation for the Grand Prairie, drawing water from the White River. This decision was challenged by several conservation groups in Arkansas. The Corps of Engineers spent several years researching and writing a thorough report studying the concerns related to land-use and water-use in the region. This report was published July 1998. Some construction based on the recommendations of the report began in 2000, but ongoing concerns -- including sightings of a bird believed to be an ivory-billed woodpecker in the region in 2004 -- has caused delays in the full implementation of the project.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Agriculture -- Arkansas.
Arkansas County (Ark.)
Arkansas River
Conservation of natural resources -- Arkansas.
Duck shooting -- Arkansas.
Environment -- Arkansas.
Environmental policy -- Arkansas.
Floods -- Arkansas.
Hunting -- Arkansas.
Lonoke County (Ark.)
Mississippi River
Monroe County (Ark.)
Natural resources -- Arkansas.
Prairie County (Ark.)
Recreation -- Arkansas.
Rice industry -- Arkansas.
White River (Ark. and Mo.)
Wilderness areas -- Arkansas.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project collection, MSS.04.18, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute


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