Watershed Conservation
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...
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...
Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Permeable Paving

Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Permeable Paving

The Green Infrastructure & Low Impact Development Series explores some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and LID for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with local cities, counties and organizations to implement green infrastructure and LID elements within the Illinois River Watershed. Watch for these demonstration projects in...
Trees and Water: The Perfect Partnership

Trees and Water: The Perfect Partnership

This week we’re joined by Patti Erwin, State Urban Forestry Coordinator for the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Patti is a certified arborist and the State Representative with the Southern Chapter International Society of Arboriculture. Patti enjoys traveling, music and playing in the dirt. Ever since I met Delia Haak several years ago, the collaboration between the Illinois River Watershed...
Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Tree Wells

Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Tree Wells

This series explores 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 organizations to implement these projects within the Illinois River Watershed. Watch for these demonstration projects in public spaces to see first-hand stormwater management in...
10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

10 Inspiring Ideas to Achieve a Water-Smart Yard

We first published this article back in February, when we were still dreaming of our summer garden…  today, as the temperatures heat up and the thunder storms roll through, it’s time to take another look at how to maximize the water in our yard!     For every 1,000 square feet of rooftop, a 1”...
A Watershed Journey: Spring Creek

A Watershed Journey: Spring Creek

Right in the heart of Springdale, Arkansas, a small creek trickles over natural stone and underneath manmade bridges, cascading westward toward the setting sun. This is Spring Creek, a major tributary of the Illinois River, and, like many of the cities in our area, it is named for the abundance of underground springs that supply...
Spring-Bloomers: NW Arkansas Native Plants that Give us a Sense of Place

Spring-Bloomers: NW Arkansas Native Plants that Give us a Sense of Place

I know it’s time to go crappie fishing when the dogwoods start to bloom. I know it’s time for allergy relief gear when my white oak tree leafs out fully (and our cars are covered in a blanket of pollen). I know its spring in Northwest Arkansas when I see the streets and roads lined...
Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Earth Day at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership finds each of our team members actively educating and conducting conservation projects throughout the Watershed.   Lauren Ray, Education Outreach Coordinator, is at Old High Middle School in Bentonville, where Lauren attended grade school and returns to conduct watershed education and share her passion for nature and...
Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

Celebrating National Volunteer Week!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating with a number of events where volunteers of all ages can participate to preserve, protect, and restore our Watershed. Established in 1974, the ideals of National Volunteer Week which are about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to...
Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design Series -- Part III

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design Series — Part III

Rain Garden Design Series: Part Three, Installing Your Rain Garden In our last Watershed Landscape post, Rain Garden Series Part Two, we provided simple steps to calculate the size of your rain garden, calculate how deep it should be, and provided some examples for planting design. Today’s post will cover the last part of your...
Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design -- Part II

Watershed Landscape: Rain Garden Design — Part II

Rain Garden Design Series: Part Two, Simple Design Calculations and Plant Selection In our last Watershed Landscape post, Rain Garden Series Part One, we explored the first steps to building a rain garden, which starts with good planning. This included understanding stormwater runoff on your property, site selection criteria, and conducting simple tests to know...