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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...
Clean Water Raingers: Fun Recipes with Edible Flowers!

Clean Water Raingers: Fun Recipes with Edible Flowers!

Hello Friends and Fellow Clean Water Raingers,  I hope you enjoyed a nice spring break and now back to studying hard and making good grades.  I also hope you are taking time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. It is a great time to go for a walk in the watershed, and everywhere you...
Clean Water Raingers: Riparian Project A Success!

Clean Water Raingers: Riparian Project A Success!

Hello Clean Water Raingers. Happy Spring! Spring flowers are coming up, trees are budding, and Spring is in the air. The Illinois River Watershed Partnership just held their 8th Annual Riparian Project. It was a huge success and we could not have done it without all of our wonderful volunteers and Clean Water Raingers. 419...
Clean Water Raingers: The Watershed Song

Clean Water Raingers: The Watershed Song

Have you heard The Watershed Song? Hi Clean Water Raingers… Winter is here! It is snowing outside as I am writing this. Did you know that snow is good for the watershed? It sure is! As the snow melts, it waters the plants and trees, and also helps replenish our rivers, lakes, and streams. I...
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...
Clean Water Raingers: Trees Make Better Water

Clean Water Raingers: Trees Make Better Water

Clean Water Raingers…It’s Almost Here…Are You Ready?  Join the Illinois River Watershed Partnership for our 8th Annual Riparian Project on Saturday, March 7th ! What is the Riparian Project? It is a community event where volunteers get together to plant trees and pick up litter.  Gather your friends and family members and join in the...
Clean Water Raingers: After School Fun & Learning!

Clean Water Raingers: After School Fun & Learning!

The IRWP’s Clean Water Raingers After School Program Is Here! We are excited! Our Clean Water Raingers After School Program started on Monday of this week and will last until the end of this school year. There are several different themes that the program will focus on: These themes will be our guidelines for the...
Clean Water Raingers: New Year, New Opportunities

Clean Water Raingers: New Year, New Opportunities

Happy New Year, Clean Water Raingers!  All of us at the IRWP hope you and your family had a great holiday season.  In this post, Miss Jennifer and our other Clean Water Raingers leaders will explain what YOU can do in 2015 to help preserve, protect, and restore our watershed. There’s a lot we can...
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...
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...
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,...