Monthly archive February, 2014
Water Proof:  Water Quality Studies in the Illinois River Watershed

Water Proof: Water Quality Studies in the Illinois River Watershed

In a continuing effort to share research, case studies and water management techniques that impact our watershed,  this edition of Water Proof will provide an overview of a major water quality study currently being done within the Illinois River Watershed in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma —  “The Stressor Response Study for the Second Statement of...
Throwback Thursday: Cave Spring's first Mayor

Throwback Thursday: Cave Spring’s first Mayor

(TOP) John Hartman, first mayor of Cave Springs, with his wife Clara.  John had lost his leg at the Battle of Wilson Creek in Missouri during the Civil War. (BOTTOM) John and Clara Hartman and son Roy. The Hartmans moved to Cave Springs before 1900 from Missouri. John is listed as assistant postmaster on the...
Preserving Mt. Kessler

Preserving Mt. Kessler

History was made at Fayetteville City Hall on February 18, 2014.  In a meeting with standing room only, local cyclists, hikers, teachers, and representatives from numerous conservation organizations overflowed from the doorway and trickled down the grand staircase, standing on tiptoes and leaning an attentive ear toward Mayor Lioneld Jordan and the Fayetteville City Council. ...
Watershed Landscape:  Rain Garden Pre-Spring To-Dos

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Pre-Spring To-Dos

Spring is peeping its head around the corner and you know what that means… Time to start thinking of our Rain Garden To-Do’s! Here are some quick tips to give you a head start on a beautiful, storm-soaking landscape feature that will yield big benefits for the upcoming rainy season! Trimming Perennial Grasses allows for new...
Throwback Thursday:  Cave Springs Community Picnic, 1932

Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Community Picnic, 1932

This newspaper clipping from 1932 describes the annual Cave Springs community picnic at “Lock Lono,” which, at that time, was the name of the spring-fed lake that is now part of the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary. As you’ll notice at the end of the report, the 1932 event was greatly anticipated because the lake property was under new management. We...
Get in the Zone with Riparian Buffers

Get in the Zone with Riparian Buffers

We at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership love to get our hands in the soil for all kinds of watershed enhancement projects.  One of these projects is our annual Riparian Project tree planting event in Northwest Arkansas.  We talk about riparian zones a lot but what exactly is a riparian zone and why is it...
Clean Water Raingers: I Heart Rivers, Lakes and Streams

Clean Water Raingers: I Heart Rivers, Lakes and Streams

I “Heart” Rivers, Lakes, and Streams… and I know that all of our Clean Water Raingers out there love them too!     Read the paragraph below.  It probably has some words you have not learned yet, so ask your parents to help.  They might also learn something new.   A babbling brook flowing through...
Throwback Thursday: Raccoons in the Lake

Throwback Thursday: Raccoons in the Lake

  This two-page spread was featured in a 1948 issue of Life Magazine. It features the unusual “Coon On A Log” competition that took place eachyear at the lake in Cave Springs, Arkansas. Raccoon hunters from all over the region would travel to Cave Springs with their hunting dogs in order to participate, and hundreds...
Watershed Landscape: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

Watershed Landscape: 10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

For every 1,000 square feet of rooftop, a 1” rain will generate approximately 608 gallons of water. Nearly 28,000 gallons of water each year pours off  the average roof in the Illinois River Watershed. Imagine all that rainwater going down the storm drains and into the River! Imagine, instead, all that water going into our...
What's in a Name?   Watershed Learning Center

What’s in a Name? Watershed Learning Center

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP), formed in 2005, has been working to bring stakeholder groups together to share diverse viewpoints with the goal of LEARNING – Learning from science, learning from others’ experiences, concerns, challenges, and successes. LEARNING requires that each of us – as individuals, families, businesses, schools, organizations and governments – understand...
Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs School Class Picture

Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs School Class Picture

This photo, taken on November 27, 1903, shows students and their parents at Cave Springs School. The Cave Springs School District began in 1879 and lasted for 32 years, when it was reorganized into a “Rural Special School District.” This district lasted until 1948, when it was annexed to the Bentonville School District. The two-story...
A Watershed Journey: The Headwaters of the Illinois River

A Watershed Journey: The Headwaters of the Illinois River

In 2014, we are launching a journey through the Illinois River Watershed.  We’ll start from the spring at the headwaters of the Illinois River and from there we’ll visit the headwaters for the main tributaries throughout the watershed.  It will be a year of discovery, of documentation, of learning and planning for the future.  The...