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Five Green Infrastructure Projects Completed for the Illinois River Watershed

Five Green Infrastructure Projects Completed for the Illinois River Watershed

If you take a stroll along the Razorback Greenway trail system in Northwest Arkansas, keep your eyes open for some special demonstration projects that have been completed to improve water quality for the Illinois River Watershed. Five green infrastructure demonstration projects have been completed along various trailheads along the Razorback Greenway. The greenway is a...
Nature’s Classroom – What's in Bloom

Nature’s Classroom – What’s in Bloom

Now is a great time for a hike at the Watershed Sanctuary to observe all of the early spring bloomers showing off their displays of color and life. It is a welcome change after the shades of brown and gray that dominate the winter landscape. A leisurely stroll through the Sanctuary yields colors of pink,...
9th Annual Riparian Project

9th Annual Riparian Project

Over 329 volunteers have participated so far, with another 140 volunteers committed through March, to plant over 3,500 native trees and shrubs as part of the 9th Annual Riparian Project! Through the leadership of IRWP Board members Scott Carney and Robyn Reed, we have established TWO tree farms for Fall 2016 riparian projects – Flint...
Celebrating 2015!

Celebrating 2015!

In 2015, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership celebrated its 10th birthday. Formed from the mission to improve and protect the Illinois River Watershed, the Partnership continues to grow and accomplish many efforts that help our watershed to be more sustainable and resilient, thanks to our Board of Directors’ leadership, sponsors, volunteers and supporters like you. Together, in...
Partners in Conservation & Making Connections: E.A.S.T.

Partners in Conservation & Making Connections: E.A.S.T.

EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology, and is a program found in most Arkansas schools – where it started its grassroots movement to integrate technology and community-based projects into school curriculum while helping solve a community need. Student groups identify community partners and needs and collaborate to achieve a goal, whether it be a map...
Congratulations to our 2015 Golden Paddle Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2015 Golden Paddle Award Winners!

Each year, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership honors leaders in watershed stewardship and natural resource conservation in the Illinois River Watershed. Six Golden Paddle Awards are given annually to individuals or entities that exemplify excellent stewardship in the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the watershed. Groups and individuals are nominated for each of our six stakeholder...
Grey to Green - A Transformation at the Watershed Learning Center

Grey to Green – A Transformation at the Watershed Learning Center

We have had a busy year! Many folks are wondering what is happening here at our new Watershed Learning Center in downtown Cave Springs, Ark. In 2013, The Illinois River Watershed Partnership received a generous grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to install Low Impact Development infrastructure elements including: a rain garden, vegetated wall,...
Grand Opening of Razorback Regional Greenway

Grand Opening of Razorback Regional Greenway

Today we hear from Misty Murphy, Northwest Arkansas Council Regional Trails Coordinator. Misty is Northwest Arkansas’ first regional trails coordinator and works with local governments, trail advocates, and other stakeholders to develop a work plan to highlight the trail system’s most beneficial attributes for runners, walkers, hikers and cyclists. The Razorback Greenway stretches from Bella...
We Need Riparian Buffers - Here's Why!

We Need Riparian Buffers – Here’s Why!

Each year, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership works together with our local cities, organizations, businesses, and landowners to plant native tree seedlings along Riparian buffers in both urban and rural areas. We appreciate the many volunteers that help to plant over 3,000 trees and clean-up our streams! This year marks our 8th Annual Riparian Project, which...
Green Infrastructure & LID: Growing Up! Vegetated Walls

Green Infrastructure & LID: Growing Up! Vegetated Walls

Green Infrastructure: Vegetated Walls is part of a series of posts that explore some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development (LID) for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with our local cities, counties and organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within the Illinois...
Green Infrastructure & LID: Green Roofs

Green Infrastructure & LID: Green Roofs

Green Infrastructure: Green Roofs is part of a series of posts that explore some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with our local cities, counties and organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within the...
Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Series: Bioswales

Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Series: Bioswales

The Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Series contains posts that explore some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and LID for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with our local cities, counties and partnering organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within the Illinois River Watershed. Watch...