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March 2017

Deadline Approaching to Submit Abstract to Present at AWRC Water Conference

The Arkansas Water Resources Center is inviting abstract submissions to present at this year’s water conference. The conference will be held on July 25-26, 2017 in Fayetteville.
The deadline to submit an abstract is March 17, 2017, and should be submitted by email to Abstracts should be less than 250 words and include the presenting author’s name and presentation title.
Suggested topics include (but not limited to):
  • Illinois River Watershed
  • Source Water Protection and Forest Management
  • Urban and Turf Grass Management
  • Arkansas Delta Water Quality and Quantity
  • Drinking Water Treatment and Residuals
  • Nutrient Trading
Who should submit a talk:
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Consulting Firms
  • Utilities
  • Watershed Groups
  • State Agencies
Abstracts are due March 17, 2017 by email to
The conference will be held at the
Fayetteville Town Center on July 25-26, 2017.

For questions, contact Erin Scott at Visit the
conference webpage to stay up to date on conference activities.

Utility Uses Forest Management to Protect Water Supply
“A forest, large or small, may render its services in many ways.” This quote by Gifford Pinchot rings true to today’s drinking water suppliers, like Central Arkansas Water (CAW), the State’s largest drinking water utility.
Drinking water treatment depends greatly on the quality of the source water – the river, lake, or reservoir that water is drawn from. Treatment plants can clean low-quality water, but this can cost huge amounts of money and can result in the production of harmful chemicals called disinfection byproducts (DBPs). DBPs can occur because of reactions between naturally occurring organic matter, such as algae, in the source water and disinfection chemicals such as chlorine.
Treatment plants can also invest in watershed management activities, which are designed to protect drinking water supplies before they become polluted. CAW focuses efforts on buying and managing forested lands as a means to protect water quality in Lake Maumelle, the utility’s primary water source.
“When we invest in forest management, we get a much bigger bang for the buck than if we had to upgrade equipment at the treatment plant”, said Raven Lawson, Watershed Protection Manager at CAW.  It’s cheaper to prevent source water pollution than it is to treat polluted water. And it’s safer to drink since it’s less likely to be contaminated with DBPs.

Internship Opportunity for Students
The Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC) is looking for a motivated student to join us for an internship this summer.
Job responsibilities may include website maintenance and development, website and social media analytical analysis, promotion of Center-related activities through social media, water sample collection and laboratory analysis, and other activities needed by AWRC staff.
Students who have experience with or interest in website design, HTML, CSS, and Adobe Suite are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be motivated to learn new skills independently, demonstrate strong analytical skills, and be able to communicate effectively across multimedia outlets.
This position is for approximately 30 hours per week during the summer of 2017, at the UA campus in Fayetteville.
The job announcement with instructions on how to apply can be found on our
website. Applications are due March 27th. Please contact Erin Scott,, if you have any questions.

Fact Sheets Available for Poultry, Domestic, and Irrigation Water Quality
The Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC) has published three more fact sheets about having your water tested for poultry production, well water, and irrigation for your crops.
These fact sheets will tell you how to properly collect your water sample and interpret the results provided by the AWRC Water Quality Lab.
You probably know that everything needs water to grow and thrive. But, did you know that what’s in the water is just as important? For example, the amount of minerals and nutrients needed in water can be different depending on if you’re drinking it, or if you’re using it to water your crops.
The poultry, domestic, and irrigation fact sheets tell you what water quality parameters are important, and how much of these constituents should be in the water.

James McCarty Joins Beaver Water District
By Beaver Water District

On Feb. 13, James McCarty of Fayetteville joined the staff of Beaver Water District (BWD) in Lowell, Ark. McCarty will move into the Manager of Environmental Quality position upon the retirement in April of Dr. Robert Morgan of Springdale.
McCarty earned a M.S. in Biological Engineering (2015) and a B.S. in Biological Engineering (2006), both from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He plans to graduate in spring 2018 with a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, also from UA-Fayetteville. Since 2011, McCarty has served as a Research Associate and Graduate Student with the UA-Department of Biological Engineering, where he has been responsible for authoring grant proposals, conducting research, report and manuscript writing, presentations, and supervision of graduate research. Noted research projects include development of a watershed management plan and stakeholder engagement group for the Lake Conway Point Remove watershed and a decision support tool to help prioritize watersheds for nutrients. 

ADEQ 2018 Assessment Methodology Review Meeting 
Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm 
Location: 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72117

Arkansas must assess the waters of the State every two years to determine whether or not they are attaining their designated uses and water quality standards. The Assessment Methodology contains procedures for making these assessments. If waters do not attain either their designated uses or water quality standards, they will be placed on the Impaired Waterbody List (303(d) List).
Arkansas’ waters are evaluated in terms of whether their assigned water quality standards and designated uses, as delineated in the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission’s (APC&EC) Regulation 2, are being attained. Monitoring data are assessed for compliance with APC&EC Regulation 2 to determine impairment and designated use support, based upon the frequency, duration, and/or magnitude of water quality standard exceedances as delineated in the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) Assessment Methodology.

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Calendar of Events

March 15
Deadline for artists to submit a sketch for storm drain art
Little Rock, AR

March 18

IRWP Annual Riparian Project
Northwest Arkansas

March 25

BWA East Fork Cleanup
Elkins, AR

March 27-28
SEC Academic Conference
Starkville, MS

March 28
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Source Water Protection

March 29
EPA Water Research Webinar - Impacts of Water Conservation on Water Quality in Premise Plumbing

April 1
IRWP Native Plant Workshop
Cave Springs, AR

April 5-6
OCLWA Annual Conference
Stillwater, OK

April 8
LFWP Spring Cleanup
Fayetteville, AR

June 13-15
ADEQ 2018 Assessment Methodolgoy Review Meeting
North Little Rock, AR

July 25-26
AWRC Annual Conference
Fayetteville, AR

September 27-28
ANRC Nonpoint Source Pollution Meeting
Little Rock, AR
Job Openings

Arkansas Water Resources Center
Student Summer Internship
Fayetteville, AR

GBMc & Associates
Environmental Engineer, Senior Engineer
Bryant, AR

McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Civil Engineer, Project Engineer, CAD Designers
Little Rock, Fayetteville AR; Tulsa, OK

PMI Engineering
Civil/Environmental Engineer
Little Rock, AR

Crafton Tull
Civil Engineer Intern, Civil Engineer Project Manager
Rogers, AR; Oklahoma City, OK


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