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July 2017

Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Conference is Next Week!

The AWRC annual water conference will be held on July 25-26, 2017 at the Fayetteville Town Center. 

The conference theme is “Protecting Water Supplies for People and the Environment,” and the program covers a wide range of topics on water issues important to Arkansas and surrounding states.

Visit the
conference webpage for more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Erin Scott at

Sustainability is Important, but a Challenge for Extension Services

Even in a water-rich state like Arkansas, sustainable water use is an important topic for water resources managers, especially related to agricultural uses. Many Extension Offices in Arkansas work with farmers and the public to provide education and to help them implement sustainable management activities.
Researchers with Utah State University Extension Service surveyed over 1,300 Extension agents on sustainability outreach in Extension. Dr. Roslynn Brain and graduate student Clark Dove wanted to understand how Extension educators feel about the importance of teaching sustainability to clientele, major sustainability issues, and what are some of the biggest challenges of sustainability outreach. 
It’s probably no surprise that almost all the Extension agents surveyed said that it’s important to engage and educate clientele about sustainability (about 46% said it’s “important” and 46% said it’s “extremely important”).
“[Sustainability] is critical for the future prosperity of the community”, said one Extension educator.

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12th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake, August 19
Secchi Day on Beaver Lake is a FREE event scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm, hosted by Beaver Water District. Festivities will be at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake, five miles east of Rogers, Arkansas on Highway 12.
There’s a Science Education Festival that includes activities for all ages! There will be a mobile aquarium, a scavenger hunt with prizes, free lunch and ice cream, test rides on kayaks and paddle boards, fun viewing critters under microscopes, and live music.
Secchi Day is also a time when an armada of volunteer citizen scientists gather water quality information from all over Beaver Lake. More than thirty groups of volunteers collect a water sample and measure secchi depth across the lake all in one day! They use a secchi disk to measure water clarity, or how deep into the water they can still see the secchi disk.
Secchi Day is meant to help inform people about water quality in Beaver Lake, which supplies drinking water to almost half a million people, or 1 in 7 people in Arkansas.
For more information about activities or how to volunteer, visit the Secchi Day website at

Funding Opportunity to Study Lead in Drinking Water

The US Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting research proposals that study lead in drinking water.
Applications should propose research to look at lead in the community’s water system, including lead found in the water supply, treatment, and distribution systems. Research should also address potential effects of lead in drinking water on public health.
With this grant, EPA wants to foster research projects to:
  1. Identify communities that are at a high risk of experiencing the adverse health effects of lead in drinking water,
  2. Identify opportunities to mitigate these risks, and
  3. Conduct educational and outreach efforts so that water systems managers and the general public are aware of these risks and opportunities.
The proposed research should be national in scope and conducted across multiple disciplines to best address the stated research needs.
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations and public and private universities and colleges in the United State. Federal, State, and local governments, and for-profit organizations are NOT eligible to apply under this grant program.
Visit the program website for more information and instructions to apply:
For information on other funding opportunities, visit

Water Data-Management Tool Available from CUAHSI
CUAHSI’s HydroClient is a FREE web-based application that allows users to search for, download, and visualize physical, chemical, and biological data from US federal agencies, university researchers, watershed organizations, and citizen science monitoring all in the same format.
Users can also publish their own data with CUAHSI. This could be a good way to fulfill funding agency requirements for data management plans. Publishing data online with CUAHSI allows researchers and interested individuals to easily access data from others around the world. The service also provides citations using a digital object identifier (DOI), which can be used to track usage.
CUAHSI stands for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. CUAHSI’s mission is to shape the future of hydrologic science by:
  • Strengthening multidisciplinary collaboration,
  • Developing and operating research infrastructure, and
  • Promoting water education and training.
For more information about how CUAHSI can help with data management and accessibility, go to

After More than a Decade of Stormwater Education, Extension Takes Lead in Addressing Regional Flooding

By Ryan McGeeney, UA System Division of Agriculture

By now, producers across Arkansas, particularly in the northeastern counties of the state, are familiar with the efforts of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service to help farmers and ranchers prepare for, attenuate and recover from the effects of seasonal rainfall and out-and-out flooding.

What may be less commonly known are the Division of Agriculture’s efforts to help metropolitan areas deal with the increasingly common flooding events associated with stormwater runoff in developed and developing towns and cities.

Katie Teague, an agricultural agent with the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service, began meeting with members of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission in 2002, as several cities connected by what is known as the “urbanized area” began preparing for federal Clean Water Act regulations that would go into effect in 2003.

“Stormwater regulations truly began in 1999,” said Teague. “Implementation of ‘Phase I’ of the regulations only affected one large urban area in Arkansas, and that was Little Rock."

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Calendar of Events

July 24-28
IRWP Art and Nature Camp
Cave Springs, AR

July 25-26
AWRC Annual Conference
Fayetteville, AR

July 25

EPA Small Systems Webinar - Water Loss and Distribution System Infrastructure

July 27
BWA Rain Garden Maintenance
Greenland, AR

August 2
BWA Bioswale Maintenance
Greenland, AR

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

University of Arkansas
Instructor - Bio and Ag Engineering
Fayetteville, AR

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Little Rock, AR

Multiple openings

Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Work Planner
Ozark and Fort Smith, AR


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