Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Illinois River Watershed Partnership The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is a diverse group of men and women who directly affect the water quality of the Illinois River Watershed.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is a diverse group of men and women who directly affect the water quality of the Illinois River. This group is holding itself accountable by striving to improve the water quality of the Illinois River through personal endeavors and through the education, the encouragement and the positive reinforcement of fellow Illinois River Watershed residents. We are no

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is a diverse group of men and women who directly affect the water quality of the Illinois River. This group is holding itself accountable by striving to improve the water quality of the Illinois River through personal endeavors and through the education, the encouragement and the positive reinforcement of fellow Illinois River Watershed residents. We are no

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Did you know that Benton and Washington counties produce more beef cattle than anywhere else in Arkansas? Over half of t...
11/05/2021

Did you know that Benton and Washington counties produce more beef cattle than anywhere else in Arkansas? Over half of the cattle in the state are raised in these two counties alone. One of the main goals of IRWP’s Riparian Restoration Program is to ensure that we continue to have a reliable source of abundant, clean water for all those beef cattle!

Randy West’s family has been on their Washington County farm since 1860. In fact, Randy’s great-great grandmother’s house was the Union army hospital during the battle of Prairie Grove.

The Wests have two year-round springs on the farm. Randy’s father and grandfather cut ditches to carry the water more than a mile across their bottom pastures. Because these particular fields are flat, the water flows slowly, and the ground tends to stay mucky and wet. Cattle traffic makes the water turbid, and the ditches require regular maintenance to keep the water moving.

With funding from IRWP’s Riparian Restoration Program, Randy was able to pipe the springs underground across his property using nothing but the power of gravity. The pipes deliver clean spring water to seven livestock tanks. The tanks are constructed from recycled mining truck tires, hauled all the way from South Dakota. Each one weighs over 5,000 lbs! After filling the tire tanks, the water runs back underground until it flows crystal clear into the Muddy Fork of the Illinois River.

IRWP is proud to serve families like Randy and Cheryl’s. And we are proud to have a part in work that ensures clean water for the people and cattle in our watershed for generations to come.

Need help finding creative solutions to water-related issues on your farm or ranch? Reach out to our Restoration Specialist, Travis Chaney, to learn if your property is eligible for funding through our Riparian Restoration Program. [email protected] Or, visit our website: www.irwp.org/rrp

https://www.irwp.org/stories/springs-piped-and-protected-at-the-wests-farm

Our keynote has kicked off! Join us on zoom today for the NWA Low Impact Development Conference: irwp.org/zoomwww.irwp.o...
11/03/2021
NWA LID Conference 2021 — Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Our keynote has kicked off! Join us on zoom today for the NWA Low Impact Development Conference: irwp.org/zoom

www.irwp.org/nwalid2021

NWA Low Impact Development Conference “In 10 years, what will we wish we had done to protect the watershed?” View the Agenda and Bios Professional Development Hours All LAs - Evaluation Form For those applying the conference toward LA CES credits (both virtual and in-person), you will need to su...

We love working together to promote stormwater sustainability, and are so grateful to be working alongside proactive pla...
11/01/2021
Illinois River Watershed Partnership educates Northwest Arkansas officials on sustainable planning

We love working together to promote stormwater sustainability, and are so grateful to be working alongside proactive players to protect and preserve the wonders of this watershed.

Illinois River Watershed Partnership's Blue Cities, Blue Neighborhoods initiative seeks to raise awareness about the issues of stormwater management and to educate local officials about sustainable planning.

The prairie harvest has begun! Audubon Arkansas was on the campus of John Brown University harvesting Big Bluestem seed ...
10/29/2021

The prairie harvest has begun! Audubon Arkansas was on the campus of John Brown University harvesting Big Bluestem seed from a 7.5 acre remnant prairie. Local farmers will grow out and harvest this perennial prairie grass seed, then sell it to Roundstone Native Seed to be used in conservation projects throughout the state. This remnant prairie at JBU has been protected and restored as a part of IRWP’s Riparian Restoration Program.

To learn more about Audubon Arkansas’ NATIVE project, check it out here: https://ar.audubon.org/conservation/native

Interested in conservation on your property? Find out if you qualify for funding through IRWP’s Riparian Restoration Program: https://www.irwp.org/rrp

Learn about our second featured speaker for the NWA LID Conference, Brenda Macke!
10/27/2021

Learn about our second featured speaker for the NWA LID Conference, Brenda Macke!

Learn about our second featured speaker for the NWA LID Conference, Brenda Macke!

Do you know how many rivers in Arkansas you can paddle in September? Not many. On a recent late September day, the IRWP ...
10/25/2021

Do you know how many rivers in Arkansas you can paddle in September? Not many. On a recent late September day, the IRWP Team paddled a less-know upper section of the Illinois River Watershed. Millions of gallons of cold spring water and safe affluent from NWA creates year-around boating and fishing opportunities on the Illinois River. At the put-in near Pedro, Arkansas there is no formal access – one of the reasons recreation on the Upper Illinois River is unfamiliar to many in Arkansas and the region.

Our team spends a lot of time on this river, monitoring and implementing water quality improvement programs. The results are clear! The efforts of the many diverse stakeholders that support the Illinois River Watershed Partnership are moving this watershed in the right direction. Thank you to all the organizations and individuals that are helping make this watershed better.

What a difference a couple months can make! Here are a few Before & After photos of Natural State Streams' work at Cours...
10/22/2021

What a difference a couple months can make! Here are a few Before & After photos of Natural State Streams' work at Course at Sager's Crossing Project funded through IRWP’s Riparian Restoration Program.

www.irwp.org/rrp

Our first featured speaker for the NWA Low Impact Development Conference is Martin Smith, an Arkansas native and princip...
10/21/2021

Our first featured speaker for the NWA Low Impact Development Conference is Martin Smith, an Arkansas native and principal of Ecological Design Group, Inc., a small business with the goal of creating innovative outdoor spaces which reconnect us with the environment. In his work, Martin has led design teams throughout the state, leading projects that emphasize natural infrastructure and low impact development for both urban and rural environments. Martin and EDG's focus is preserving the Natural State by protecting its watersheds and eco-regions through LID and award-winningly attractive design work that provokes an appreciation for nature in all ages.

https://www.irwp.org/events/northwest-arkansas-low-impact-development-conference

Our first featured speaker for the NWA Low Impact Development Conference is Martin Smith, an Arkansas native and principal of Ecological Design Group, Inc., a small business with the goal of creating innovative outdoor spaces which reconnect us with the environment. In his work, Martin has led design teams throughout the state, leading projects that emphasize natural infrastructure and low impact development for both urban and rural environments. Martin and EDG's focus is preserving the Natural State by protecting its watersheds and eco-regions through LID and award-winningly attractive design work that provokes an appreciation for nature in all ages.

https://www.irwp.org/events/northwest-arkansas-low-impact-development-conference

Saturday, November 6th is the 8th Annual Blue Green Infrastructure Native Seed Harvesting EventRegister today: (https://...
10/20/2021

Saturday, November 6th is the 8th Annual Blue Green Infrastructure Native Seed Harvesting Event
Register today: (https://forms.office.com/r/VEwV5jkNy7)

Join us alongside Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Master Naturalists, Arkansas Native Plant Society, Wild Ones - Ozark Chapter, and Back Country Horsemen of Northwest Arkansas.
https://www.irwp.org/events/blue-green-infrastructure-native-seed-harvesting-event

Saturday, November 6th is the 8th Annual Blue Green Infrastructure Native Seed Harvesting Event
Register today: (https://forms.office.com/r/VEwV5jkNy7)

Join us alongside Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas Master Naturalists, Arkansas Native Plant Society, Wild Ones - Ozark Chapter, and Back Country Horsemen of Northwest Arkansas.
https://www.irwp.org/events/blue-green-infrastructure-native-seed-harvesting-event

Washington County: Here are your Fall Cleanup dates!  October 27th, 28th, and 29th
10/18/2021

Washington County: Here are your Fall Cleanup dates!
October 27th, 28th, and 29th

7.5 acres of riparian restoration at the Course at Sager's Crossing makes for lots of happy pollinators, and LOTS of los...
10/15/2021

7.5 acres of riparian restoration at the Course at Sager's Crossing makes for lots of happy pollinators, and LOTS of lost golf balls. Time to tighten up that shot!

👩‍🏫  Teachers and Youth Educators!! 📚  We are excited to announce the re-launching of our youth education programming at...
10/13/2021

👩‍🏫 Teachers and Youth Educators!! 📚 We are excited to announce the re-launching of our youth education programming at the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. Our program can offer a unique learning experience for students of all ages. Let us host you and your students or club at our Cave Springs sanctuary for a field day or submit a request for our mobile learning lab and let us come to your classroom, playground, or field trip. Our hope is that together we can foster a closer relationship between students and their natural environment and, subsequently, improve the health of our watershed.

Our science educator has put together lesson plans and activities on environmental science topics such as water quality, erosion, and the water cycle. We can co-teach with you or, if you would like, plan a whole lesson for your students.

Get in touch or learn about IRWP's Youth Education offerings: https://www.irwp.org/youth-education or email Justin directly at [email protected].

Grazing School was a hit!! Thank you to the landowners and agency partners that were so engaged, sharing knowledge and a...
10/12/2021

Grazing School was a hit!! Thank you to the landowners and agency partners that were so engaged, sharing knowledge and asking questions is what this is all about.

NRCS
NCAT Southeast
UAEX Washington County
Quail Forever
Ozark Pasture Beef

10/11/2021

#PickUpWhereYouPlayNWA would like to share a new opportunity for cleaning up in Bentonville! Litter cleanup supplies available by registering with the city bit.ly/3lmwsNU
Bentonville Living Illinois River Watershed Partnership Benton County, Arkansas Government Beaver Water District

Find Farm Management Resources on Your Smartphone! - for our Oklahoma producers, this information came from the Oklahoma...
10/11/2021
OSU AgEcon - YouTube

Find Farm Management Resources on Your Smartphone! - for our Oklahoma producers, this information came from the Oklahoma State University Natural Resources Extension's Newsletter:

Producers seeking to gain new financial management skills can find educational resources at the e-Farm Management
website. This site contains videos, publications, software tools and webinars for use by farmers and ranchers. Viewers
will find information on financial, production, marketing, and risk management topics.

One example is the Tax Issues for Farmers: Depreciation Tools video. In this video, viewers learn how to use depreciation
to manage their tax liability. The video explains depreciation and which assets that can be depreciated. Lastly, the video
gives an overview of the three methods of calculating depreciation and uses an example to compare the income tax
savings between these methods.

To find this video and additional resources on balance sheets, go to: https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/farm-
management-and-finance/e-farm-management-training/farm-income-statement-and-tax-issues-for-farmers/index.html.

More information on this and other farm management topics may be found three ways: 1) contact your nearest Extension Educator 2) visit the e-farm management website https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/farm-management-and-finance/e-farm-management-training/index.html or 3) visit the OSU Ag Econ YouTube Channel youtube.com/user/OkStateAgEcon

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Come see us at A Day at Osage Park today until 4!
10/09/2021

Come see us at A Day at Osage Park today until 4!

Come see us at A Day at Osage Park today until 4!

10/08/2021
More great learning opportunities!
10/07/2021

More great learning opportunities!

It's Workshop Wednesday! There are two fantastic in-person opportunities next week for Arkansas ag professionals, educators and mentor farmers to explore regenerative grazing and soil health. Join us at Windset Ranch in Cedarville on Oct. 12 OR at Crunkleton Farms in Everton on Oct. 14.

The workshops are designed to provide information and hands-on training on regenerative grazing, soil health, and monitoring. NCAT soil specialist Nina Prater and livestock specialist Linda Coffey will lead these workshops, along with other regional experts and farmers. Lunch will be provided! To register, visit http://www.ncat.org/events/ and choose "Arkansas" under the State/Province tab.
Arkansas Young Farmers Coalition Grassroots Grazing Group Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition Illinois River Watershed Partnership

Steve and Lacey Parks’ gorgeous, one-hundred acre farm along the Muddy Fork of the Illinois River is a picture of ecolog...
10/01/2021

Steve and Lacey Parks’ gorgeous, one-hundred acre farm along the Muddy Fork of the Illinois River is a picture of ecological diversity in the Arkansas Ozarks. On a relatively small footprint, their property contains almost 3,000 feet of streambank, productive bottomland pastures, springs and seeps, an historic canebrake, mature hardwood forests, wetlands, bluffs, rocky outcrops, and a rare glade remnant. The Parks reached out to IRWP because they wanted to expand their grazing operation while protecting and restoring the unique natural communities on their farm. IRWP partnered with NRCS to help produce a rotational grazing plan for Steve and Lacey. Botanists at Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission performed a botanical survey of their property and identified populations of several rare species, known only to a handful of sites statewide, including Powdery Cloak Fern (Argyrochosma dealbata), Carex aggregata, and Carex conjuncta.

IRWP’s Riparian Restoration Program funding provided 75% cost share to protect their canebrake and riparian forest with hi-tensile electric fence. Our program also expanded opportunities for their growing rotational grazing operation with thousands of feet of cross-fence. By the time the project is finished, IRWP funding will help the Parks install off-stream watering facilities for their livestock, control invasive Ailanthus trees on their property, and stabilize an eroding section of streambank with stone harvested on-site.

www.irwp.org/stories/the-parks-preserve-ecological-diversity

IRWP has a new Youth Education and Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager! Justin joins us with 5 years of Science Edu...
09/28/2021

IRWP has a new Youth Education and Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager!

Justin joins us with 5 years of Science Education experience at the high school level. During this time, he taught Biology and Environmental Science. Prior to teaching, Justin worked with the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point assisting in the Center for Watershed Science and Education's water quality monitoring programs and conducting water quality analysis at the Water and Environmental Analysis Lab. Justin is most interested in the biological assessment of water quality - macroinvertebrates! - and is excited to join the IRWP team in order to promote environmental consciousness and stewardship in a growing community.

You can reach Justin at [email protected].

IRWP has a new Youth Education and Water Quality Monitoring Program Manager!

Justin joins us with 5 years of Science Education experience at the high school level. During this time, he taught Biology and Environmental Science. Prior to teaching, Justin worked with the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point assisting in the Center for Watershed Science and Education's water quality monitoring programs and conducting water quality analysis at the Water and Environmental Analysis Lab. Justin is most interested in the biological assessment of water quality - macroinvertebrates! - and is excited to join the IRWP team in order to promote environmental consciousness and stewardship in a growing community.

You can reach Justin at [email protected].

Tomorrow! LID for Water Quality and Community Northwest Arkansas Stormwater EducationWhat is it? - A program to assist c...
09/27/2021
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

Tomorrow! LID for Water Quality and Community
Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education

What is it?
- A program to assist citizens, municipal staff and decision makers better understand the benefits of using low impact development in their communities. Allowing and establishing Low Impact Development or Green Infrastructure as part of community development approach can provide many benefits in addition to preventing and mitigating common stormwater problems associated with the mid 20th century approach to stormwater management.

When? Sep 28, 2021 01:30 PM
- Low-impact development designed to help cities better manage stormwater runoff as they grow
- Program is grant-funded through the EPA and Arkansas Natural Resources Division
- Register at bit.ly/LIDWaterQuality < https://uada.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VBWnDBhBR5qJL435T4iL

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Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
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IRWP Sponsors:
Cities and County: Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Gentry, Lowell, Tahlequah, Washington County, Benton County Conservation District

Business: Arvest Bank, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart Stores, Sam's Club, Crafton-Tull, McKee Foods, Simmons Foods, Tyson Foods, George's Inc., HCH Consulting, SandCreek Engineering, Environmental Testing Lab, AEP-SWEPCO, Alcoa Fdn, AT&T

Conservation: The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Game and Fish, AR Forestry Commission, AR Natural Resources Commission

Agriculture: Arkansas Farm Bureau, Benton County Farm Bureau, USDA NRCS, Benton County Conservation Commission

Education: University of Arkansas, John Brown University, Northwest Arkansas Community College

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