Watershed Conservation
The Bats Are Back in Town and It’s National Bat Appreciation Day April 17!

The Bats Are Back in Town and It’s National Bat Appreciation Day April 17!

Our thanks to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Walton Family Foundation, corporate sponsors and over 140 individuals that established the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary in 2012. Hear from guest blogger Randy Zellers, Assistant Chief of Communications, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Join the Illinois River Watershed Partnership April 17 for a variety of outdoor...
9th Annual Riparian Project

9th Annual Riparian Project

Over 329 volunteers have participated so far, with another 140 volunteers committed through March, to plant over 3,500 native trees and shrubs as part of the 9th Annual Riparian Project! Through the leadership of IRWP Board members Scott Carney and Robyn Reed, we have established TWO tree farms for Fall 2016 riparian projects – Flint...
Celebrating 2015!

Celebrating 2015!

In 2015, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership celebrated its 10th birthday. Formed from the mission to improve and protect the Illinois River Watershed, the Partnership continues to grow and accomplish many efforts that help our watershed to be more sustainable and resilient, thanks to our Board of Directors’ leadership, sponsors, volunteers and supporters like you. Together, in...
Partners in Conservation & Making Connections: E.A.S.T.

Partners in Conservation & Making Connections: E.A.S.T.

EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology, and is a program found in most Arkansas schools – where it started its grassroots movement to integrate technology and community-based projects into school curriculum while helping solve a community need. Student groups identify community partners and needs and collaborate to achieve a goal, whether it be a map...
Grey to Green - A Transformation at the Watershed Learning Center

Grey to Green – A Transformation at the Watershed Learning Center

We have had a busy year! Many folks are wondering what is happening here at our new Watershed Learning Center in downtown Cave Springs, Ark. In 2013, The Illinois River Watershed Partnership received a generous grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to install Low Impact Development infrastructure elements including: a rain garden, vegetated wall,...
Grass Cycling to Save Time and Money

Grass Cycling to Save Time and Money

This week we’re joined by Trish Ouei, Benton County Extension Agent for Stormwater Quality. Trish works to focus on Urban Stormwater through the Extension-based Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education Program.  With the beginning of spring upon us, it is time to start facing the ugly facts about warmer weather- someone is going to have to start mowing the yard...
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...
Green Infrastructure & LID: Growing Up! Vegetated Walls

Green Infrastructure & LID: Growing Up! Vegetated Walls

Green Infrastructure: Vegetated Walls is part of a series of posts that explore some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development (LID) for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with our local cities, counties and organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within the Illinois...
Green Infrastructure & LID: Green Roofs

Green Infrastructure & LID: Green Roofs

Green Infrastructure: Green Roofs is part of a series of posts that explore some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with our local cities, counties and organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within 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...
Partners Lake: Back In Business

Partners Lake: Back In Business

This edition of UpstreamMatters comes from guest writer, Allyson Ransom.  Allyson is the mother of 5 outdoor-loving sons and has been the Grant Writer and Manager of Gravette Farmers’ Market for the past 7 years.  She and her son, Max, are very involved in the IRWP’s programs, and most recently, they attended the Grand Re-Opening of the Watershed Sanctuary...
Encapsulating A Watershed Legacy

Encapsulating A Watershed Legacy

As quickly as science, technology, and American society as a whole have transformed in my 23-year lifetime, I find it very difficult- almost incomprehensible- to imagine what life will be like 25 years from now.  By year 2039, will we be driving flying cars along invisible skyways?  Will the population of Northwest Arkansas surpass 1-million?  Will land and...