Monthly archive April, 2014
Water Proof:  2050 Arkansas Water Plan

Water Proof: 2050 Arkansas Water Plan

“There is no resource more important to our state than water. We depend upon water for our very existence. Water grows the food we eat, nourishes our bodies, and supports our businesses, industries, and overall economy. Water is equally vital to our natural environment, fisheries, wildlife, and recreation opportunities.” — J. Randy Young Arkansas Natural...
Spring Is Very Beautiful In Our Watershed

Spring Is Very Beautiful In Our Watershed

Hello Clean Water Raingers, The weather is finally turning warm and the trees in our area are coming to life with flowers and leaves.  Spring is very beautiful in our watershed! Flowering trees along the Lake Fayetteville Trail There is a special day in April that is celebrated in almost every state; it is called...
Throwback Thursday: Unsurpassed Beauty!

Throwback Thursday: Unsurpassed Beauty!

  This poster, provided by Monte Harris of the Rogers Historical Museum, demonstrates the long history of commerce, recreation, and prosperity surrounding the Illinois River and its watershed, particularly in Western Benton County.
Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership finds each of our team members actively educating and conducting conservation projects throughout the Watershed.   Lauren Ray, Education Outreach Coordinator, is at Old High Middle School in Bentonville, where Lauren attended grade school and returns to conduct watershed education and share her passion for nature and...
Daydreams of Summer -- and a Giveaway!

Daydreams of Summer — and a Giveaway!

Just about this time of year, as trees begin to bud and crocuses peek through the earth, a strong feeling comes over me. The dormant meadows and sharp bare tree limbs forming a stark and strong landscape are now softening around the edges. The rivers still look icy cold as they run beneath the bridges,...
Throwback Thursday: Photo Op by the Cave

Throwback Thursday: Photo Op by the Cave

  This photo, provided by Annette of Cave Springs, depicts her sister, Gwendolyn Killion, at the mouth of Cave Springs Cave in the late 1940’s.  Since the arrival of the first settlers in Cave Springs, people have been attracted to the shade, cool air, and clear water near the cave.  
Nature's Classroom: Outdoor Immersion and Lifelong Learning

Nature’s Classroom: Outdoor Immersion and Lifelong Learning

As our urban communities develop and expand, it is vital to preserve green space—for water quality, for wildlife, for commerce, and for the wellbeing of our friends, families, and neighbors.  Nature-based education can be instrumental in cultivating communities that value conservation and best management of our natural resources.  In honor of National Environmental Education Week,...
Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating with a number of events where volunteers of all ages can participate to preserve, protect, and restore our Watershed. Established in 1974, the ideals of National Volunteer Week which are about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to...
Throwback Thursday:  Greetings from Cave Springs

Throwback Thursday: Greetings from Cave Springs

Many visitors to beautiful Cave Springs came from surrounding areas.  This postcard is a great example of the greetings sent from the popular resort spot!
Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design Series -- Part III

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design Series — Part III

Rain Garden Design Series: Part Three, Installing Your Rain Garden In our last Watershed Landscape post, Rain Garden Series Part Two, we provided simple steps to calculate the size of your rain garden, calculate how deep it should be, and provided some examples for planting design. Today’s post will cover the last part of your...
Creating History for Next Century

Creating History for Next Century

Water has played a significant role in the history of human settlement and civilization.  Naturally, the springs and creeks of the Illinois River Watershed in northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma have been the lifeblood of our communities for generations.  With your help, we continue to celebrate the importance of water in our surroundings and to...
Caring an Awful Lot

Caring an Awful Lot

April is National Gardening Month and we welcome guest blogger, Becky Christenson, to share her love of gardening.  Becky is an accomplished artist, specializing in commissioned architectural ceramics, sculptures and paintings.  Inspired by her mother, Becky is working to become a Master Gardner.   “I believe there is subtle magnetism in nature, which if we unconsciously...