Research & Resources
Creating History for Next Century

Creating History for Next Century

Water has played a significant role in the history of human settlement and civilization.  Naturally, the springs and creeks of the Illinois River Watershed in northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma have been the lifeblood of our communities for generations.  With your help, we continue to celebrate the importance of water in our surroundings and to...
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...
Fueling a Passion for the Outdoors

Fueling a Passion for the Outdoors

We probably all know someone like them.  The woman who is more at home in a canoe than a kitchen. The guy who likes mountains more than movies. Or the kid who spends every possible moment outside.  With the Illinois River Watershed spanning more than a million acres in northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma, it’s...
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...
5 for 5: Five Green Infrastructure Features at Five Razorback Greenway Trailheads

5 for 5: Five Green Infrastructure Features at Five Razorback Greenway Trailheads

The Illinois River Watershed is home to a beautiful 36-mile regional trail, The Razorback Greenway.  The Greenway follows the headwater streams and tributaries of the Illinois River including Osage Creek, Spring Creek, and Clear Creek. We are excited to begin a Green Infrastructure (GI) Initiative through an Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and EPA grant to...
Water Proof:  Tackling Wicked Problems

Water Proof: Tackling Wicked Problems

Once a year, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership – with the help of many supporters and sponsors – hosts a conference to bring people together to talk about the issues facing our watershed today. And tomorrow. And for years to come. You see, the issues that affect our watershed are ever changing and very complex....
Are You Willing to Take the Challenge?

Are You Willing to Take the Challenge?

Do you love a challenge?  We do.   At the very heart of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership is the belief that each and every one of us makes a difference. We believe that every individual has the ability – and the responsibility – to preserve, protect and improve our land and water. At the...
Water Proof: Watershed Management for the Future

Water Proof: Watershed Management for the Future

Our Water Proof series is all about coordinating both urban and rural watershed best practices and the need to work together to improve water quality.  It will provide a technical transfer of information and the tools to enable active participation to preserve, protect and restore the watershed.  Methods will include, but not be limited to,...
Water Proof:  4 Ways to Protect Your Groundwater

Water Proof: 4 Ways to Protect Your Groundwater

Water Proof is a new segment of Upstream Matters, dedicated to sharing facts and information about our watershed and actions that we can all take to preserve and protect it. Today is National Protect Your Groundwater Day!   That gives us the wonderful opportunity to join with other conservation efforts around the country in helping to protect...