Monthly archive December, 2013
An Artist's Love

An Artist’s Love

It’s interesting what we come to love in life. In 2013, I came to love the Illinois River Watershed for all the reasons love grows: it’s beautiful, it needs help, it gives back. Illinois River Watershed Partnership is doing so much to foster this appreciation, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be the Artist...
Paddler's Post: 10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Paddler’s Post: 10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home? In this edition of Paddler’s Post, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the...
Throwback Thursday: A Greeting From Cave Springs

Throwback Thursday: A Greeting From Cave Springs

    A postcard greeting from Cave Springs, expressing the age-old sentiment “…wish you were here.”  Cave Springs was quite the tourist attraction in its heyday!
Clean Water Raingers: Trees... Our Gift and Our Responsibility

Clean Water Raingers: Trees… Our Gift and Our Responsibility

Hello Kids, It is the holiday season; time to take a break from school work and enjoy time with your family and friends, holiday parties, giving gifts…and receiving gifts too. I believe that we have one of the greatest gifts available year-round in Northwest Arkansas; the gift of TREES. Miss Lauren recently wrote about the...
Throwback Thursday: Bartlett's Spring Stereoscopic Card

Throwback Thursday: Bartlett’s Spring Stereoscopic Card

This stereoscopic card of Barlett’s Spring may date back to the late 1800’s. The early version of a 3-D photograph shows four adults standing near the mouth of the cave along the cascading stream of spring water. This area was quite the attraction back then, as folks would often picnic in the cave immediately after...
2003 - 2013: A Decade of Accomplisment

2003 – 2013: A Decade of Accomplisment

In the past decade, 2003-2013, so much has been done to preserve and improve the water quality in the Illinois River watershed. We are proud to recognize the wisdom of a broad mix of stakeholders who set examples for watershed conservation and work hard to increase environmental protections.   D. Earl Jones, Jr. first coined...
The Watershed Landscape: Shining the Light on Watershed Stewards

The Watershed Landscape: Shining the Light on Watershed Stewards

  Shining the Light on Watershed Stewards —  Arvest Bank, NWA Through the efforts of our local cities, businesses, organizations and residents, Northwest Arkansas is quickly becoming a leader in sustainability and a great place to live, work and play! There are many exciting projects happening in our area that promote Best Management Practices (BMP’s)...
Throwback Thursday: Bridge Over Cave Springs

Throwback Thursday: Bridge Over Cave Springs

This photograph depicts an old bridge traversing the cascade of spring water exiting the cave.  The old bridge is located close to where the metal viewing platform lies at the Watershed Sanctuary today.
Nature's Classroom:  Our Changing Land and Water

Nature’s Classroom: Our Changing Land and Water

This classroom activity will encourage students to investigate how changes on the land can alter the water in the Illinois River Watershed. Key points will include stormwater runoff, impervious surfaces, flooding, erosion, infiltration, tributaries, and low-impact development. Using three maps that represent land use changes over time, students will think critically about the connections between...
Throwback Thursday:  Lake Keith Resort

Throwback Thursday: Lake Keith Resort

Hobbs Bright (left), then Mayor of Cave Springs, with E. L. Keith (right) standing under Lake Keith Resort sign As many of you know, the lake in Cave Springs has held several names over the years.  According to an article originally published in Bella Vista’s newspaper, The Weekly Vista, the property was purchased in 1947 by...
Fueling a Passion for the Outdoors

Fueling a Passion for the Outdoors

We probably all know someone like them.  The woman who is more at home in a canoe than a kitchen. The guy who likes mountains more than movies. Or the kid who spends every possible moment outside.  With the Illinois River Watershed spanning more than a million acres in northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma, it’s...