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 restore our watershed through the arts, outdoor adventure, agriculture, science, and conservation/sustainability.  We are excited to have Chas on board to facilitate and supervise each afternoon’s activities. Chas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Portland, OR and holds a  Professional Certificate in River Restoration from the Portland State University Environmental Professional Program. 




Greetings friends of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership:

I am very pleased to be joining the Illinois River Watershed Partnership as the Clean Water Rainger Afterschool Program Coordinator.  My wife and I moved from Portland, Oregon to Lincoln, Arkansas last October to be closer to our families in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri.  In our short time thus far in northwest Arkansas, we have been on several outings to check out the local scenery and are very excited to experience a new place, especially when the weather warms up!

I spent the past six years working for a non-profit watershed council in northwest Oregon.  Although the climate and habitats are very different compared to northwest Arkansas, the primary goal is the same: clean water.

I worked on many projects for the watershed council, including: riparian vegetation enhancement, replacing stream crossings, enhancing in-stream habitat, managing a native plant nursery, and working with local schools and other public entities to share knowledge and enhance the watershed for all of its denizens.  I enjoy working with local residents, landowners and stakeholders to  improve and maintain a healthy watershed for future generations to enjoy.

In my free time, I enjoy just about anything that has to do with the outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and gardening.  I will be starting the spring NW Arkansas Master Naturalist program to learn more about the history of the area, native plants and wildlife I had not encountered in the Pacific Northwest.

As a resident of the Illinois River Watershed, as well as a watershed management professional, I appreciate all of the great work that IRWP is doing and am very excited to be part of it.  I look forward to continue meeting new, friendly faces and experiencing all of the exciting things northwest Arkansas has to offer.


Chas McCoy


 Students engage in worm making at the Clean Water Raingers After School Program!


If you are interested in your child attending this educational after-school program, you can reach us at or visit our Watershed Learning Center, located at 221 S. Main St., Cave Springs, Ark. 


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