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January 14, 2013

Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Watershed and Research Conference

The 2013 Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Watershed and Research Conference will be held May 14-15, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  This year’s program will focus on 104(b) research program impacts and ecosystem design.  A poster session will be held on Tuesday, May 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.  Please email Leslie Massey ( if you are interested in presenting a poster.

The keynote speaker will be Thad Scott, who was the winner of the 2012 National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) Impact Award for his research on Denitrification, Internal Nitrogen Cycling, and Nitrogen Retention in River Impoundment Reservoirs.  This study examined the the role of sediment denitrification in N retention in reservoirs and resulted in recommendations for reservoir management that could enhance permanent N removal from reservoir waters through denitrification.  This project was selected by the NIWR Board for the 2012 Impact Award because of the magnitude, timing and confidence of the potential impact this project could have in Arkansas, regionally and nationally.

Registration and lodging information coming soon.  Conference updates and agendas will be made available here.


Ecological Design in the Ozarks

Design a new future for Lake Frances!  Become a Certified Ecological Designer!  Join us May 15-17, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas for Ecological Design in the Ozarks -A Workshop and Charrette.  The CED program, affiliated with the American Ecological Engineering Society, promotes integrated, multidisciplinary ecological design, and the workshop is open to all interested practitioners from ecology, engineering, landscape architecture, architecture, planning and related disciplines.

The charrette adds interested stakeholders to the mix.  Participants will work together to explore opportunities for water quality management,  recreation, water supply, habitat and more at Lake Frances–a key piece of ecological infrastructure on the Illinois River at the Arkansas and Oklahoma state line.

Additional information regarding registration, program agenda, lodging, etc. coming soon.  For more information about workshop content and objectives contact Steve Patterson ( or for workshop logistics contact Brian Haggard (


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