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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...
Water Proof:  2050 Arkansas Water Plan

Water Proof: 2050 Arkansas Water Plan

“There is no resource more important to our state than water. We depend upon water for our very existence. Water grows the food we eat, nourishes our bodies, and supports our businesses, industries, and overall economy. Water is equally vital to our natural environment, fisheries, wildlife, and recreation opportunities.” — J. Randy Young Arkansas Natural...
Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership finds each of our team members actively educating and conducting conservation projects throughout the Watershed.   Lauren Ray, Education Outreach Coordinator, is at Old High Middle School in Bentonville, where Lauren attended grade school and returns to conduct watershed education and share her passion for nature and...
Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating with a number of events where volunteers of all ages can participate to preserve, protect, and restore our Watershed. Established in 1974, the ideals of National Volunteer Week which are about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to...
Throwback Thursday: 2008 Riparian Project

Throwback Thursday: 2008 Riparian Project

Another look at our first Riparian Project in 2008 Springdale with football players from Springdale High and City Council members watching Tim Snell, IRWP Board member and Associate State Director with The Nature Conservancy, demonstrate how to use dibble bar to plant trees.   Tim Snell has participated in all 7 annual Riparian Projects! Thanks to...
Partners with a Passion

Partners with a Passion

The Partnership of the Illinois River Watershed is a large and diverse group of people.  It goes far beyond it’s staff, board, benefactors and even the citizens who contribute to an annual membership.  It is a group with at least one thing in common — a passion for protecting and improving our rivers, lakes and streams. And,...
Water Proof:  Water Quality Studies in the Illinois River Watershed

Water Proof: Water Quality Studies in the Illinois River Watershed

In a continuing effort to share research, case studies and water management techniques that impact our watershed,  this edition of Water Proof will provide an overview of a major water quality study currently being done within the Illinois River Watershed in Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma —  “The Stressor Response Study for the Second Statement of...
What's in a Name?   Watershed Learning Center

What’s in a Name? Watershed Learning Center

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP), formed in 2005, has been working to bring stakeholder groups together to share diverse viewpoints with the goal of LEARNING – Learning from science, learning from others’ experiences, concerns, challenges, and successes. LEARNING requires that each of us – as individuals, families, businesses, schools, organizations and governments – understand...
Lake of the Watershed

Lake of the Watershed

2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the lake in Cave Springs.  An historic year indeed! It was in 1914 that Wilton Mortimer Bartlett constructed the first concrete dam, which transformed the fresh springs into a 6-acre lake here in Cave Springs.  He named this man-made reservoir after his daughter, Lono, christening it “Loch Lono” (Scottish...
2003 - 2013: A Decade of Accomplisment

2003 – 2013: A Decade of Accomplisment

In the past decade, 2003-2013, so much has been done to preserve and improve the water quality in the Illinois River watershed. We are proud to recognize the wisdom of a broad mix of stakeholders who set examples for watershed conservation and work hard to increase environmental protections.   D. Earl Jones, Jr. first coined...
Throwback Thursday: Families and Fishing

Throwback Thursday: Families and Fishing

The lake at Cave Springs once sported a fish hatchery, and many a child caught their first fish here.  This photo was taken circa 1982 of Lyndall and Hunter Haynes.  The siblings were regular visitors to the lake then, and big supporters of the watershed today.   Lyndall is now a teacher and has made...
Grateful for the Beauty of Generous Hearts and Hands

Grateful for the Beauty of Generous Hearts and Hands

“We hope our gift will fill the final gap and make the Watershed Sanctuary a reality,” said Jay and Joyce Hale when they generously gave a gift to establish a conservation area and education center located in Cave Springs in the headwaters of the Illinois River Watershed.   In fact, that gift, while not the last...