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September 2016
AWRC Will Publish and Archive Your Technical Reports

Did you write a technical report to a funding agency on water research that you want archived and accessible on the web? We can help you get your work out there and available for others to view quickly and easily.

We archive technical reports on our website as MSC Publications, which includes both AWRC-related scientific research and monitoring, as well as that of other water researchers.  We simply re-format the final report submitted to the funding agency, turning it into an MSC publication for you. There are no issues with publishing in a journal later on because we are just archiving your technical report.
All you need to do is send us your report as a Microsoft Word document and we’ll reformat and publish it on our website. This is a great way to make your research and technical reports immediately available and citable by others.

Visit our website to view our current list of MSC Publications. For more information or to submit a report, contact Erin Scott at
Researchers Track Nutrient Trends in the Beaver Lake Watershed

The Problem: Eutrophication – a term that describes excess amounts of nutrients in waterbodies – is a leading cause of water pollution. The source of nutrient pollution is often linked to human activities such as agriculture and urban development. When it rains, nutrients can runoff the landscape and into nearby streams and rivers, and ultimately into downstream lakes and reservoirs, such as Beaver Lake.
So What?: Beaver Lake not only serves as a popular recreational destination for swimming and fishing, but it also provides drinking water to over 400,000 people in northwest Arkansas. Eutrophication can cause excessive algal growth and cause problems for drinking water treatment plants. For example, excess algae can increase drinking water treatment costs, cause taste and odor problems, and even result in potentially toxic chemicals in drinking water, called “disinfection byproducts”. Additionally, under the right circumstances, such as increases in nutrients and favorable temperature conditions, harmful algal blooms (HABs) can occur. HABs have the ability to produce toxic compounds that threaten public health and drinking water treatment. In order to better manage the water quality of Beaver Lake, we need to understand how nitrogen and phosphorus are transported from the landscape and through the major rivers that flow into Beaver Lake.


Tracking Turbidity in the West Fork

The West Fork of the White River is a vital water resource for Northwest Arkansas, not only because it provides ample opportunity for swimming and other recreational activities, but also because it ultimately flows into Beaver Lake, which is the water source for roughly half a million people.
We at the
Arkansas Water Resources Center, based at the University of Arkansas, are working with Beaver Watershed Alliance to evaluate water quality of the 28-mile-long stream that most locals call “the West Fork.” The Alliance is a local non-profit group whose mission is to protect the water quality of the Beaver Lake Watershed.
John Pennington, executive director of the Alliance, says the purpose of the investigation is to collect scientific data that could potentially result in large portions of the river being taken off the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality’s
list of impaired waterbodies.

U of A System Division of Agriculture Pegs Flood, Rain Caused Row Crop Losses at $40-50 Million
By Mary Hightower, U of A System Division of Agriculture

Heavy, sustained rainfall in August may cost Arkansas row crop farmers $40-50 million, according to a preliminary estimate released Thursday by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“In a state where agriculture contributes more than $20 billion a year, this is no small loss,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture, and head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “It’s certainly not a small loss to families whose farms are the main source of income.
“While that figure is large, we need to remember it’s still only a preliminary number and the ultimate figures won’t be known until harvest is over, and these numbers could be higher, especially when quality discounts and impacts on the specialty crop industry are better known,” he said.

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Calendar of Events

September 14
IRWP Osage Creek Stream Restoration Tour Day
Siloam Springs, AR

September 21-22
ANRC and UA Division of Ag Nonpoint Source Pollution Stakeholder Meeting
Little Rock, AR

September 23
UCOWR/NIWR Deadline to submit proposal for special session at 2017 conference

September 24
BWA Beaver Lake Cleanup
Rogers, AR

September 27
EPA Small Systems Webinar Series - Approaches to Technology Approval

September 29
BWA Beaver Lake Watershed Symposium
Lowell, AR

October 8
LFWP Annual Fall Cleanup
Fayetteville, AR

October 23-25
SW AWWA Annual Conference
Rogers, AR

October 27
IRWP Arkansas River Compact Commission Annual Public Meeting
Cave Springs, AR

October 27-28
ADEQ and ANRC Biennial Watershed Conference: A Fluid Mosaic - The Big Picture of Watersheds
Eureka Springs, AR
Job Openings

ACRT, Inc.
Consulting Utility Forester
Eldorado, AR

Harbor Engineering
Director of Engineering
Little Rock, AR

City of Bryant, AR
Urban Planner
Bryant, AR

USDA Agricultural Research Service
Multiple openings for Ecologist, Ecohydrologist, and Post Doc
Oxford, MS


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