Monthly archive June, 2014
Throwback Thursday: Watershed Learning Center

Throwback Thursday: Watershed Learning Center

  In January 2014, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership purchased the former Lakeview Baptist Church building in Cave Springs in order to convert it into a Watershed Learning Center. In the past five months, this building has totally transformed, and over 1,600 visitors have stopped in to see the progress and participate in our on-site educational programs!...
10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

We first published this article back in February, when we were still dreaming of our summer garden…  today, as the temperatures heat up and the thunder storms roll through, it’s time to take another look at how to maximize the water in our yard!     For every 1,000 square feet of rooftop, a 1”...
A Day Outdoors – No Phones Needed

A Day Outdoors – No Phones Needed

Today we welcome a guest blogger, Abby Schexnayder.  Abby is 13 years old and attends Woodland Jr. High School in Fayetteville.   Abby recently participated in our day camp at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary and writes about her camping experience!   My IRWP summer camp experience was very fun; it was a lot more fun...
Clean Water Raingers: Summer Fun in Our Watershed!

Clean Water Raingers: Summer Fun in Our Watershed!

School is out for most of our Clean Water Raingers. Summertime is fun time and I hope you have a lot of things planned; going on vacation, camping, swimming, fishing, hiking… there are so many things to do in the Illinois River Watershed! I know I am going to take more time this summer to do...
Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Homecoming, 1972

Throwback Thursday: Cave Springs Homecoming, 1972

The front of this 1972 program for the 2nd Annual Cave Springs Homecoming, provided by Cheria Simpson, depicts Pat Coberly Simpson and Etta Jo Stroud playing at the mouth of Cave Springs Cave. The inside of the program shows the agenda and the poem, “Cave Springs: My Hometown,” by Agnes G. Catchings.
Nature in Progress

Nature in Progress

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership Learning Center and Sanctuary are located in the center of Cave Springs, and along the Highway 112 route that many of our readers use to commute to work and to the airport on a regular basis. One can’t help by wonder what all the activity is around the lake. What’s...
A Watershed Journey: Spring Creek

A Watershed Journey: Spring Creek

Right in the heart of Springdale, Arkansas, a small creek trickles over natural stone and underneath manmade bridges, cascading westward toward the setting sun. This is Spring Creek, a major tributary of the Illinois River, and, like many of the cities in our area, it is named for the abundance of underground springs that supply...
Throwback Thursday:  Riparian Project

Throwback Thursday: Riparian Project

This is 2nd annual Riparian Project along Fayetteville Scull Creek Trail in 2009.   Students from University of Arkansas came prepared for the rain and cooler weather and learned quickly how to use dibble bars.   Over the 7 years, over 1,800 volunteers have participated in planting over 22,000 tree seedlings in the Illinois River Watershed along creeks...
Sustainability = Seven Generations

Sustainability = Seven Generations

Can you name your great-great grandparents?   I can’t.   I can name six generations but not SEVEN GENERATIONS—my great grandfather Jacob Daley Gumm, my grandfather Jesse Daley Gumm, my father Wilford Gumm, my brother Robert Daley Gumm, his son Brian Daley Gumm and his son Ethan Daley Gumm!   Scott Eccleston, Director of Grounds and Facilities...
Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Providing Watershed Resiliency for more Sustainable Communities

Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Providing Watershed Resiliency for more Sustainable Communities

Green Infrastructure is an ecological planning and design approach to building, developing and restoring our communities using natural and built systems that mimic nature. By using trees, native vegetation and improving soil function, urban and rural areas can be better connected by green spaces, which is good news for watershed health. From a watershed perspective,...
Throwback Thursday:  Studying the Illinois River

Throwback Thursday: Studying the Illinois River

Dr. Art Brown, University of Arkansas, shared these pictures taken late summer 2009 during a bioassessment study of the Illinois River up and downstream from Rogers and Springdale WWTPs. Dr. Brown and students were collecting data — intense work but a lot of fun at times. The students always like being out in the local...
Meet Ian, Our Summer Intern!

Meet Ian, Our Summer Intern!

My name is Ian Dexter. I am 19 and graduated from Bentonville High School in May 2013. I have been a life-long resident of Cave Springs, which I am proud to call home. My favorite qualities of Cave Springs include the small town atmosphere as well as the environmental significance and unique history of Lake...