Shining the Light on Watershed Stewards —  Arvest Bank, NWA

Through the efforts of our local cities, businesses, organizations and residents, Northwest Arkansas is quickly becoming a leader in sustainability and a great place to live, work and play! There are many exciting projects happening in our area that promote Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and are working towards improving the Green Infrastructure of our communities and watershed landscape.

 

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Green infrastructure is an approach that communities can choose to maintain healthy waters, provide multiple environmental benefits and support sustainable communities. Unlike single-purpose gray stormwater infrastructure, which uses pipes to dispose of rainwater, green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure provides not only stormwater management, but also flood mitigation, water and air quality management, and much more (US EPA).

 

Arvest Fayetteville

Arvest Bank, 1627 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, Arkansas

Photo: CDI Contractors

 

Today, we shine the Water Stewardship Spotlight on Arvest Bank. If you have ever visited the branch on Joyce St. in Fayetteville, you may have noticed it does not have the “standard” landscape or layout. This branch was designed with stormwater in mind. Through the bioswales, native plant landscaping, vegetated bioretention areas, rain water harvesting cisterns, and porous pavement materials, this design achievement allows water to soak into the ground where it falls, and helps to capture and treat pollutants on-site.

 

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Arvest Bank Branch, Educational Signage

The design also includes educational signage, an important addition that helps to explain the site features and why they are important for managing stormwater when it rains.

This Arvest Bank branch received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first bank branch in the state of Arkansas to achieve LEED certification, and is only one of three buildings in Northwest Arkansas to achieve the Gold level of certification.

 


 

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership prides itself in the positive, pro-active approach to improving and protecting the Illinois River Watershed.

We would like to shine the light on as many projects as we can find that are providing water stewardship services, and you can help by submitting your project to us at contact@irwp.org!

 

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