Monthly archive May, 2014
Clean Water Raingers: A Turtle Tale

Clean Water Raingers: A Turtle Tale

Hello to all of our Clean Water Raingers, Did you know that Arkansas is home to 16 different turtle species? Two of the most common ones you will see in the Illinois River Watershed are the three-toed box turtle and the red-eared slider.   If you find a box turtle in the wild, please remember...
Throwback Thursday: A Great Day for Fishing on the Illinois!

Throwback Thursday: A Great Day for Fishing on the Illinois!

  Christine Walsh shared this photo from last year, fishing in the Illinois watershed about amile upstream from the Barren Fork entrance.   What a great spot!  
Throwback Thursday: Summer on Lake Tenkiller

Throwback Thursday: Summer on Lake Tenkiller

  Great fun on Lake Ten Killer last year: Pic 1: Shannon Saunders and daughter Audrey tube on Lake Tenkiller Pic 2: Emilye Pool misses the tube while cousin Katie Saunders laughs Pic 3: Katie Saunders tubin’ Thanks, Bev Saunders for  sharing summer memories!
Water Proof:  Controlling Phosphorus Levels Through Best Management Practices

Water Proof: Controlling Phosphorus Levels Through Best Management Practices

Phosphorus is an important nutrient for healthy plant growth. However, excess phosphorus in surface water can result in algae growth, causing eutrophication and overall poor water quality. Sources of excess phosphorus to aquatic ecosystems include both point and non-point source runoff from agriculture, horticulture, urban and suburban landscapes. A relatively new process, called a Phosphorus...
Throwback Thursday: "Kruzing" the Illinois

Throwback Thursday: “Kruzing” the Illinois

    Cliff and Claudia Gibbs on a “kayak kruze”… on a stretch of the Illinois between Tontitown and Siloam Springs in July of 2012.
Spring-Bloomers: NW Arkansas Native Plants that Give us a Sense of Place

Spring-Bloomers: NW Arkansas Native Plants that Give us a Sense of Place

I know it’s time to go crappie fishing when the dogwoods start to bloom. I know it’s time for allergy relief gear when my white oak tree leafs out fully (and our cars are covered in a blanket of pollen). I know its spring in Northwest Arkansas when I see the streets and roads lined...
Throwback Thursday: Anticipating Summer at Flint Creek Water Park

Throwback Thursday: Anticipating Summer at Flint Creek Water Park

  Bev Saunders shared this photo of her grandson Ryan Saunders with Alma, Arkansas  friends Adam Dean and JD Finley — enjoying the cool and fun waters at the Flint Creek Bridge water park in 2010.
Learning Through Stewardship

Learning Through Stewardship

This week, we welcome a guest blogger, Tracie Ashley.  Tracie facilitates the EAST program at Prairie Grove Middle School, a program that she helped establish to provide students the opportunity to learn through service projects.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and was the 2009 Golden Paddle Award...
Putting a Name on Our Heritage and Our Future

Putting a Name on Our Heritage and Our Future

As the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary begins to take shape with the restoration of the lake and the addition of the Watershed Learning Center, we are asking for your help with an important part of the Sanctuary’s development—naming the lake! A seemingly simple task, but the responsibility is somewhat daunting. We want the name to...
Throwback Thursday: Captain Marshall

Throwback Thursday: Captain Marshall

Captain Marshall (as Marshall Mitchell is known to his audience) performing at Kansas Elementary School in Oklahoma in 2010.  This was the first year of our Clean Water Raingers program.  Marshall wrote 5 watershed songs to launch the program that year, and performed the education programs in schools across our watershed.