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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...
April 2 - Volunteer Day of Service

April 2 – Volunteer Day of Service

What do volunteers mean to the IRWP?   EVERYTHING!  From 2010 to 2015, over 125,000 people have helped to improve the Illinois River Watershed participating in education, outreach, conservation and water quality monitoring projects.  Using the national economic calculator for volunteer service, that’s over $3.3 million of voluntary contributions to help preserve, protect and restore our...
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...
Clean Water Raingers: Back To School – It’s A Special Time

Clean Water Raingers: Back To School – It’s A Special Time

Hi there Clean Water Raingers. It’s that time of year again, for backpacks and books, carpools and classrooms, friends and fun, learning and laughing.  Time for School! Teachers spend a lot of time making their classrooms extra special and welcoming for their incoming students. Home schooling parents also provide a great learning environment for their...
IRWP Farmers Market at the Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, AR

IRWP Farmers Market at the Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, AR

The first IRWP-sponsored farmers market in Cave Springs is off to a great start with a solid base of vendors and a steady stream of patrons looking for fresh, local produce every Thursday from 3:30 – 7:30 PM until October 1.  The market is situated right along Main Street in Cave Springs and is very...
Water Proof: Celebrate an Illinois River Watershed Success Story!

Water Proof: Celebrate an Illinois River Watershed Success Story!

A 2.5 mile section of the Illinois River was recently recognized by EPA as a watershed success story highlighting many efforts from federal, state, and county agencies as well as watershed groups and local landowners working together  to implement Best Management Practices that ultimately improved water quality along a significant portion of the river.  ...
Clean Water Raingers: Rain...Rain...and the Rivers Rise - Respect and Understand the Power of Water

Clean Water Raingers: Rain…Rain…and the Rivers Rise – Respect and Understand the Power of Water

Hello to all of our Clean Water Raingers.  School is out…No more tests…Now what should you do?  My answer to that question is “go outside, explore and have fun in the Illinois River Watershed!  I do hope you are enjoying your summer so far.  April and May were very rainy months and we are expecting...
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...
Rare Species of Concern - The Ozark Trillium

Rare Species of Concern – The Ozark Trillium

Saturday, April 11 , 2015 is Ozark Trillium Day and we are celebrating this rare plant here at our Watershed Sanctuary in Cave Springs, Ark. Conservation of this rare species and its habitat is a priority and part of our stewardship here at the Watershed Learning Center and Sanctuary. Raising awareness about this special flower is...
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...
Meet Chas McCoy, our Clean Water Rainger After-School Program Coordinator

Meet Chas McCoy, our Clean Water Rainger After-School Program Coordinator

In this edition of UpstreamMatters, we introduce Chas McCoy, our Clean Water Raingers After School Program Coordinator. The Clean Water Raingers After School Program is a program of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and is funded through a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.  This program is meant to educate and inspire young people to preserve, protect, and...
CONSERVATION 101 IN 2014

CONSERVATION 101 IN 2014

Today, on November 8, 2014, we celebrate 100 years since Bartlett Dam was built in 1914 and will dedicate a time capsule that will chronicle watershed conservation efforts taken by so many folks during 2014.  The purpose of the time capsule is to share with future generations the rich history of this special place and the present...