Monthly archive September, 2013
Water Proof: Watershed Management for the Future

Water Proof: Watershed Management for the Future

Our Water Proof series is all about coordinating both urban and rural watershed best practices and the need to work together to improve water quality.  It will provide a technical transfer of information and the tools to enable active participation to preserve, protect and restore the watershed.  Methods will include, but not be limited to,...
The Lesson is in the Music

The Lesson is in the Music

The Lesson Is In The Music is a simple concept and the basis for the Clean Water Raingers Program.  The Illinois River Watershed Partnership started this program with the firm belief that if children learn to love their watershed, they will take care of it. And music is a wonderful way to deliver that lesson. ...
A New Chapter for the Lake at Cave Springs

A New Chapter for the Lake at Cave Springs

Tucked away in the urban headwaters of the Illinois River Watershed in the middle of Cave Springs, Arkansas is a six-acre lake, nestled in 24 acres of woods and fed by a fresh spring. Today, most people know the Lake at Cave Springs only from the glimpse through a chain link fence that they drive...
The Endangered Gray Bat Prepares for Winter

The Endangered Gray Bat Prepares for Winter

As the daylight hours begin to shorten, and we approach the official end of summer on September 21st, we aren’t the only ones thinking about cooler weather approaching.  Inside the bat cave here in Cave Springs, AR, the endangered Gray Bat begins to think about finding a better spot for the winter. You may have...
Watershed Landscape: Rain Gardens, A Blooming Good Idea!

Watershed Landscape: Rain Gardens, A Blooming Good Idea!

What is A Rain Garden? When it rains in Northwest Arkansas, water falls on both impervious surfaces, such as roofs, parking lots and roads and pervious surfaces, such as forests and grasslands. Due to the growing urbanization of our area, the impervious surfaces are increasing, creating stormwater runoff problems in our communities and affecting our...
Recycle Your Rain!

Recycle Your Rain!

This year, there certainly hasn’t been any shortage of precipitation.  As we see recycling and sustainability start to trend (Hooray!), an easy way to recycle, save money and help minimize storm water runoff is to recycle your rain. After a large rain event, storm water can become a real problem.  With urban growth and an...
Water Proof:  4 Ways to Protect Your Groundwater

Water Proof: 4 Ways to Protect Your Groundwater

Water Proof is a new segment of Upstream Matters, dedicated to sharing facts and information about our watershed and actions that we can all take to preserve and protect it. Today is National Protect Your Groundwater Day!   That gives us the wonderful opportunity to join with other conservation efforts around the country in helping to protect...
Seeing the Beauty Around Us -- The Illinois River Salon

Seeing the Beauty Around Us — The Illinois River Salon

We are pleased to feature a guest author this week, John P. Lasater IV, who also serves as the IRWP Artist in Residence for 2013.  John is a full-time artist living in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. His studio overlooks the beautiful Illinois River valley on the border of Oklahoma. He is also the co-founder of Heart...
Paddler's Post - An Illinois River Float

Paddler’s Post – An Illinois River Float

The Illinois River and the maze of creeks and streams flowing into it make for a diverse playground in our watershed. There is no substitute for getting out on the water to gain a true appreciation for our wonderful waters. Their amazing beauty is the reason we are so invested in preserving, protecting, and restoring this...