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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.  ...
10 Year Anniversary of the IRWP & The Legacy We Leave Behind

10 Year Anniversary of the IRWP & The Legacy We Leave Behind

This week for me has been one of remembering three very special people.  First is Mr. Hugh Benson. Hugh was 90 years young and the last words he whispered, “I love you”, were to his daughter, Lisa, one of the finest of our watershed’s community leaders.  Lisa shared that just days before “Hughie” passed away,...
Water Bar: Water Is All We Have

Water Bar: Water Is All We Have

In this post, we hear from guest blogger Shanai Matteson of Works Progress Studio in Minneapolis.  Shanai and husband, Colin Kloecker, developed Water Bar, a collaborative and conversational art installation that is currently on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as a component of State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.  Water Bar is staffed...
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...
Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Growing up, when I heard the expression, “Make hay while the sun shines,” I thought it meant to make the most of an opportunity. I didn’t realize the literal interpretation comes from life experience. You MUST MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, and summer is hay season in the Illinois River Watershed. You can see...
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

This week I enjoyed one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had. It was at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville where one might expect such rare culinary experiences. This special dinner was part of the Museum’s Food Series CR(EAT)E.     The meal was unusual from start to finish.   The Museum’s...
Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Phosphorous Removal Structures

Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Phosphorous Removal Structures

In our last Watershed Landscape post, we learned about Green Infrastructure as an ecological planning and design approach to building, developing and restoring our communities using natural and built systems that mimic nature. Low Impact Development (LID) is a part of Green Infrastructure, using smart stormwater design for new development or retrofits. LID applications can...
Nature in Progress

Nature in Progress

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership Learning Center and Sanctuary are located in the center of Cave Springs, and along the Highway 112 route that many of our readers use to commute to work and to the airport on a regular basis. One can’t help by wonder what all the activity is around the lake. What’s...
Sustainability = Seven Generations

Sustainability = Seven Generations

Can you name your great-great grandparents?   I can’t.   I can name six generations but not SEVEN GENERATIONS—my great grandfather Jacob Daley Gumm, my grandfather Jesse Daley Gumm, my father Wilford Gumm, my brother Robert Daley Gumm, his son Brian Daley Gumm and his son Ethan Daley Gumm!   Scott Eccleston, Director of Grounds and Facilities...
Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Providing Watershed Resiliency for more Sustainable Communities

Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development: Providing Watershed Resiliency for more Sustainable Communities

Green Infrastructure is an ecological planning and design approach to building, developing and restoring our communities using natural and built systems that mimic nature. By using trees, native vegetation and improving soil function, urban and rural areas can be better connected by green spaces, which is good news for watershed health. From a watershed perspective,...
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...