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Nature’s Classroom:  Endangered Species Day

Nature’s Classroom: Endangered Species Day

May 16, 2014 will be the 9th annual Endangered Species Day, a day set aside by the U.S. Congress to celebrate biodiversity and the efforts that preserve and protect threatened and endangered species.  Why exactly are species identified as threatened or endangered?  Why is it important to protect them?  And what kinds of things can...
The IRWP 7th Annual Riparian Project: The What, Why, How and When

The IRWP 7th Annual Riparian Project: The What, Why, How and When

Trees provide many benefits and planting trees can be an important first step in riparian zone recovery.  In our recent post, Get In The Zone With Riparian Buffers, we described exactly what a Riparian Buffer is and why it is so important.  They help control runoff, improve water and air quality, provide shade, and contribute to...
Get in the Zone with Riparian Buffers

Get in the Zone with Riparian Buffers

We at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership love to get our hands in the soil for all kinds of watershed enhancement projects.  One of these projects is our annual Riparian Project tree planting event in Northwest Arkansas.  We talk about riparian zones a lot but what exactly is a riparian zone and why is it...
A Watershed Journey: The Headwaters of the Illinois River

A Watershed Journey: The Headwaters of the Illinois River

In 2014, we are launching a journey through the Illinois River Watershed.  We’ll start from the spring at the headwaters of the Illinois River and from there we’ll visit the headwaters for the main tributaries throughout the watershed.  It will be a year of discovery, of documentation, of learning and planning for the future.  The...
Paddler's Post:  SWEPCO Lake

Paddler’s Post: SWEPCO Lake

Have the winter blues got you down?  Is your fishing gear collecting dust because the cold water has lulled the bass into a winter sleep?  Then perhaps it’s time to check out SWEPCO Lake.  The 1.1 million acres of the Illinois River Watershed hold 10 public lakes – each of them man-made.  But SWEPCO Lake...