Monthly archive March, 2014
Clean Water Raingers: A Conversation with Captain Marshall

Clean Water Raingers: A Conversation with Captain Marshall

Hi Kids, Hopefully, many of you have seen and heard Captain Marshall performing the Clean Water Raingers program at your school or library.  Want to know a little bit more about him?  He recently took time to sit down with me and answer some questions that I had.    Where did Marshall Mitchell (Captain Marshall)...
Throwback Thursday: Hometown Pride and Poetry

Throwback Thursday: Hometown Pride and Poetry

This poem, entitled “Cave Springs: My Hometown,” written by Agnes Catchings, conveys the tight-knit, small town atmosphere that has always been prevalent in Cave Springs and continues to charm residents and visitors to this day. The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is honored to be a part of this welcoming community.
Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design -- Part II

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design — Part II

Rain Garden Design Series: Part Two, Simple Design Calculations and Plant Selection In our last Watershed Landscape post, Rain Garden Series Part One, we explored the first steps to building a rain garden, which starts with good planning. This included understanding stormwater runoff on your property, site selection criteria, and conducting simple tests to know...
Throwback Thursday:  The Natural Springs

Throwback Thursday: The Natural Springs

        This picture shows the springs as they appeared for many years in Cave Springs. The springs are no longer unencumbered, and no longer attract the Sunday afternoon crowds they once did. Back in the days when Cave Springs Band gave weekly concerts there, the young folks swam in the lake and...
Paddler's Post:  Osage Creek

Paddler’s Post: Osage Creek

The summer of 2012 was one of the hottest and driest on record for our region.  Nevertheless, the Illinois River and some of its major tributaries were still flowing and navigable by watercraft.  In this edition of Paddler’s Post, we’ll investigate this phenomenon by exploring Osage Creek, a stream that originates in urban Northwest Arkansas...
Nature’s Classroom:  Endangered Species Day

Nature’s Classroom: Endangered Species Day

May 16, 2014 will be the 9th annual Endangered Species Day, a day set aside by the U.S. Congress to celebrate biodiversity and the efforts that preserve and protect threatened and endangered species.  Why exactly are species identified as threatened or endangered?  Why is it important to protect them?  And what kinds of things can...
Throwback Thursday: 2008 Riparian Project

Throwback Thursday: 2008 Riparian Project

Another look at our first Riparian Project in 2008 Springdale with football players from Springdale High and City Council members watching Tim Snell, IRWP Board member and Associate State Director with The Nature Conservancy, demonstrate how to use dibble bar to plant trees.   Tim Snell has participated in all 7 annual Riparian Projects! Thanks to...
Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design - Part I

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design – Part I

Rain Garden Design Series: Part One, Site Selection Installing a rain garden on your property can be a fun, rewarding experience that will yield benefits for your landscape, community and our watershed! Rain gardens are intended to capture and filter stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, roads and parking lots. They are a...
Partners with a Passion

Partners with a Passion

The Partnership of the Illinois River Watershed is a large and diverse group of people.  It goes far beyond it’s staff, board, benefactors and even the citizens who contribute to an annual membership.  It is a group with at least one thing in common — a passion for protecting and improving our rivers, lakes and streams. And,...
Throwback Thursday: The First Riparian Project

Throwback Thursday: The First Riparian Project

These photos were taken in 2008, the first year of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Riparian Project.   Every March, hundreds of volunteers join the IRWP for a day of tree planting and creek cleanup along waterways in the Illinois River Watershed. Please join us this Saturday, March 8th, for our 7th annual Riparian Project...
Clean Water Raingers:  Protecting Our Water With Trees

Clean Water Raingers: Protecting Our Water With Trees

Hello Kids, Snowy days, windy days, rainy days, sunny days….we’ve had them all these last few weeks.  The recent sunny days have me thinking about the first day of Spring and the holiday that falls right before, which is St. Patrick’s Day.  This is one of my favorite holidays. Why? Because it’s my birthday! But...
The IRWP 7th Annual Riparian Project: The What, Why, How and When

The IRWP 7th Annual Riparian Project: The What, Why, How and When

Trees provide many benefits and planting trees can be an important first step in riparian zone recovery.  In our recent post, Get In The Zone With Riparian Buffers, we described exactly what a Riparian Buffer is and why it is so important.  They help control runoff, improve water and air quality, provide shade, and contribute to...