Monthly archive October, 2013
Throwback Thursday: The "Spring" in Cave Springs

Throwback Thursday: The “Spring” in Cave Springs

The town of Cave Springs was named after its natural spring.  Historically, the spring emitted 6-million gallons of water per day.   In fact, from the 1950’s until 1967, residents of Cave Springs got their drinking water directly from the cave.  The spring water turned a water wheel at the mouth of the cave, which then pumped the...
Clean Water Raingers: Getting to Know Our Bats

Clean Water Raingers: Getting to Know Our Bats

Halloween is almost here.  Time to think about costumes, pumpkins, and…BATS!  A popular theme during Halloween, bats decorate windows and doors, cookies and cakes.  Sometimes the bat decorations look really scary. Image: Clean Water Raingers Watershed Adventure Are you scared of bats?  I’ll tell you a secret… I was scared of bats when I was in first grade.  Then my teacher...
The Blind Ozark Cavefish - A Threatened Species

The Blind Ozark Cavefish – A Threatened Species

The cave at the Watershed Sanctuary is home to the largest population of Ozark Cavefish in the southeast, limestone Karst region, and in the world.   The Ozark Cavefish, Amblyopsis rosae, is a true troglobite – spending almost all of their time in caves.   It has no eyes or the need for eyes as it will never...
Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Hotel

Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Hotel

Hotel Owners – Mr. & Mrs. L. B. Bush – Cave Springs, Arkansas Mr. & Mrs. Bush on porch, Carrie Bush on upper porch Did you know that Cave Springs used to have a hotel?  Located along what is now the west side of Main Street in downtown Cave Springs, the Cave Springs Hotel hosted...
Trees Make a Difference

Trees Make a Difference

Well, friends, fall is almost upon us.  As the Illinois River Watershed undergoes magnificent seasonal transformations in weather and color, it is a perfect time to get outside and do something to help preserve, protect, and restore our waterways.  “How do I do that?” you might ask. The answer:  It’s as simple as planting a tree.  ...
2013 Golden Paddle Award Winners

2013 Golden Paddle Award Winners

As the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, we thrive on propagating ways to improve our watershed.  The best method by far (in our book) is to bring awareness to individuals and organizations who do remarkable things to protect our rivers, lakes and streams.  You know – Leading by example.  Making a difference.  Some would call it...
Water Proof:  Tackling Wicked Problems

Water Proof: Tackling Wicked Problems

Once a year, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership – with the help of many supporters and sponsors – hosts a conference to bring people together to talk about the issues facing our watershed today. And tomorrow. And for years to come. You see, the issues that affect our watershed are ever changing and very complex....
100 Years Later... Draining the Lake at Cave Springs

100 Years Later… Draining the Lake at Cave Springs

“There it went” signaled Dale Gunter, Chief Engineer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as the control gate of the former Lake Keith had indeed been pulled and the water that had been impounded to form Lake Keith was draining under a state highway, to an outfall that flowed through two small ponds, that...
And the Winners Are...

And the Winners Are…

Something magical has been happening in the Illinois River Watershed. Nature loving artists have been trekking through pastures, along streams and across meadows to capture the beauty in their brush strokes. Vivid layers of oil, dabs of acrylic and gentle washes of water color — the landscape of NW Arkansas and NE Oklahoma came to...
Nature's Classroom: The Water Cycle

Nature’s Classroom: The Water Cycle

Welcome to Nature’s Classroom, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s resource for both formal and non-formal educators. Here you’ll find lesson plans and classroom activities that will enhance your students’ understanding of our watershed while fulfilling or exceeding curriculum standards.    Did you know that October 5th is World Teacher’s Day?  Teachers around the globe have the power to inspire our world’s...
Are You Willing to Take the Challenge?

Are You Willing to Take the Challenge?

Do you love a challenge?  We do.   At the very heart of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership is the belief that each and every one of us makes a difference. We believe that every individual has the ability – and the responsibility – to preserve, protect and improve our land and water. At the...