Monthly archive August, 2014
Gray Bats and Bluegrass

Gray Bats and Bluegrass

When I first heard of the town of Cave Springs as a child, I immediately wondered whether there was a cave there, and, if so, what types of creatures inhabited its cool, dark depths. People are naturally drawn to the primeval and the wild unknown, and Cave Springs Cave at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary is no...
10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home this Labor Day Weekend? In this post, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the...
Meaning of September to the IRWP

Meaning of September to the IRWP

When we are in the midst of a big project and the light at the end of the tunnel is dim, it helps to look back and see how far we’ve come!  The question we are asked most often comes in two basic forms: “What’s going on at the lake?” and “When will the lake...
Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Permeable Paving

Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Permeable Paving

The Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Series explores some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and LID for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with local cities, counties and organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within the Illinois River Watershed. Watch for these demonstration projects in...
Throwback Thursday: First Man-Made Lake in the Illinois River Watershed?

Throwback Thursday: First Man-Made Lake in the Illinois River Watershed?

This issue of the Cave Springs Scene was published on Thursday, August 3, 1972, and the front page features a photo of the lake and dam in Cave Springs that dates back to 1914, right after the completion of Bartlett Dam (which can currently be seen in the lakebed at the Watershed Sanctuary).  Could this dam have...
Applied Engineering for Summer Internship

Applied Engineering for Summer Internship

Today we hear back from IRWP summer intern, Ian Dexter, who will enter his sophomore year at Iowa State University this fall to study Mechanical Engineering.  Ian has been a great asset to the IRWP team this summer, organizing the Tour de Cave, designing a pavilion for the Watershed Sanctuary, and maintaining the trails and grounds. It has been such...
It's A Snake...Oh, My!

It’s A Snake…Oh, My!

I was out for a morning walk with Captain Marshall recently on the Lake Fayetteville trail, totally enjoying the morning sunshine, and guess what? We were not the only ones enjoying the sunshine. I glanced to the side of the pavement and right next to the trail there she was….. a snake. Oh, My!!!! Captain...
Throwback Thursday: 1907 vs. 1971

Throwback Thursday: 1907 vs. 1971

Did you know that Cave Springs used to have its own newspaper, the Cave Springs Scene? Cheria Simpson of Cave Springs has so graciously loaned her collection of The Scene to us, and we are uncovering all sorts of intriguing photos and history of the Watershed Sanctuary as it used to be. In this issue,...
Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Growing up, when I heard the expression, “Make hay while the sun shines,” I thought it meant to make the most of an opportunity. I didn’t realize the literal interpretation comes from life experience. You MUST MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, and summer is hay season in the Illinois River Watershed. You can see...
6 Summer Selfies at the Sanctuary

6 Summer Selfies at the Sanctuary

As summer winds down and school season approaches once more, we look back at some recent camp highlights at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary.  What better way to do that than through a camper’s eyes?  Or, better yet, a camper’s selfies? Watershed campers Asher, Brock, Jerusalem, Mason, Evelyn, Anasia, and Ellie pause for a selfie during a...