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Arkansas Watershed Stewards Education Program – 2014

January 15, 2014
Arkansas Watershed Workshops Set

Become an Arkansas Watershed Steward

Arkansas Watershed Steward "Citizens Caring for Water Resources"

Have you ever wondered where all the water goes after the rain ends? Or where your community’s storm sewers or drainage ditches lead?

The answer is your local creek, river or lake. When turning on a faucet, most Arkansans have no doubt that clean water will spill out, but not nearly enough people know the source of that water or about their community’s water quality.

Nearly two-thirds of the state’s 75 counties are home to a watershed with some form of impairment.

Now through March, the Cooperative Extension Service will present a series of watershed workshops where residents can learn more about local water concerns and how their actions can affect water quality.

Group of Watershed Stewards with a mound of trash collected from a local stream

Above: A group of Watershed Stewards is shown with a mound of garbage collected during a Fall creek clean-up event.

WORKSHOP DATES & RSVP INFO

Jan. 16 — EL DORADO — Union County Fairgrounds, Ouachita-Smackover Watershed workshop for Union, Cleveland, Bradley, Nevada, Columbia, Calhoun and Ouachita counties. RSVP Contact:

  • Union County Extension, Robin Bridges, 870-864-1916

Feb. 5 — MORRILTON — University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, Lake Conway-Point Remove Watershed workshop for Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Yell and Van Buren counties. RSVP Contact:

  • Conway County Extension, Alicia Hugen, 501-354-9618

Feb. 12 — Bryant — Community Center, Upper Saline Watershed workshop for Cleveland, Dallas, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson and Saline counties. RSVP Contact:

  • Saline County Extension, Ron Matlock, 501-303-5672

Feb. 27 — STAR CITY — C&L Building, Bayou Bartholomew Watershed workshop for Lincoln, Cleveland, Jefferson, Desha, Ashley and Drew counties. Contact:

  • Lincoln County Extension, Chad Norton, 870-628-4247

March 4 — FORT SMITH — Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, Poteau Watershed workshop for Sebastian, Polk and Scott counties. RSVP Contact:

  • Sebastian County Extension, Lance Kirkpatrick, 479-484-7737

March 19 — JONESBORO — Craighead County Extension office, L’Anguille River Watershed workshop for Craighead, Poinsett, Cross, Lee, Woodruff and St. Francis counties. RSVP Contact:

  • Craighead County Extension, Branon Thiesse, 870-933-4565

A workshop in the Cache River watershed will be scheduled in coming weeks.

“The one-day workshop will touch on the science behind watersheds and on how residents can go about starting a watershed group,” said Kristin Higgins, program associate for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Public Policy Center. “The program will explain basic concepts, such as what is a watershed and what activities have the potential to harm water quality.”

 By the end of the workshop, participants will be considered an Arkansas Watershed Steward – a person who knows more about local water concerns and how local actions can affect water quality.

 This series of education workshops is funded by a Section 319 grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and was developed with the help of numerous stakeholders and partners. Learn more about your watershed at www.arkansaswater.org or read the Arkansas Watershed Steward Handbook at http://ppc.uaex.edu/research_publications/ag1290.pdf

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