Monthly archive December, 2014
The Season for Giving

The Season for Giving

This post comes from Elizabeth Smith, perhaps one of the IRWP’s greatest advocates and most involved volunteers.  Elizabeth is a 5th grade teacher at Russell D. Jones Elementary in Rogers, and she is the 2014 recipient of the IRWP’s Golden Paddle Award in Education.  Find out more about Elizabeth’s involvement with the IRWP in the...
Watershed Conservation Initiatives in EAST

Watershed Conservation Initiatives in EAST

HTMS EAST students Chloe, Quinn, and Zack, and facilitator, Brittany Berry, pose with Kyle Weaver of Congressman Steve Womack’s office, Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards, Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse, and EPA Region 6 Administrator Ron Curry after a presentation at the IRWP’s Watershed Learning Center in October 2014. Last fall, Springdale’s Helen Tyson Middle School...
Throwback Thursday: Ice Skating on the Lake

Throwback Thursday: Ice Skating on the Lake

This newspaper clipping, provided by Cave Springs resident Marlene Sands, shows a rare occasion in 1936 when Lake Keith (now known as Partners Lake at the Watershed Sanctuary) froze over.  Kids in town had a grand winter going ice skating on the lake with their friends. Season’s greetings to all of our readers on Upstream Matters!  The IRWP...
Clean Water Raingers Make A Difference In Our Watershed!

Clean Water Raingers Make A Difference In Our Watershed!

On Friday, December 12, 2014, Captain Marshall and the Clean Water Raingers Program performed for 2nd graders from Gentry Primary School.  It was a really special day.  Why?  Because we met our goal of 30,000, and we can now say that Captain Marshall has performed the program for 30,060 students, teachers, and others over the...
Partners Lake: Back In Business

Partners Lake: Back In Business

This edition of UpstreamMatters comes from guest writer, Allyson Ransom.  Allyson is the mother of 5 outdoor-loving sons and has been the Grant Writer and Manager of Gravette Farmers’ Market for the past 7 years.  She and her son, Max, are very involved in the IRWP’s programs, and most recently, they attended the Grand Re-Opening of the Watershed Sanctuary...
Encapsulating A Watershed Legacy

Encapsulating A Watershed Legacy

As quickly as science, technology, and American society as a whole have transformed in my 23-year lifetime, I find it very difficult- almost incomprehensible- to imagine what life will be like 25 years from now.  By year 2039, will we be driving flying cars along invisible skyways?  Will the population of Northwest Arkansas surpass 1-million?  Will land and...
Water Bar: Water Is All We Have

Water Bar: Water Is All We Have

In this post, we hear from guest blogger Shanai Matteson of Works Progress Studio in Minneapolis.  Shanai and husband, Colin Kloecker, developed Water Bar, a collaborative and conversational art installation that is currently on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as a component of State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.  Water Bar is staffed...
Clean Water Raingers: Thankful Always

Clean Water Raingers: Thankful Always

Hello again to all of our Clean Water Raingers!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. When it was time to cook the turkey and the rest of our Thanksgiving meal, I was deep in thought while standing at the sink, washing fruit for our fruit salad. What was I thinking about? I am very,...