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October 2017

New Watershed Group to Develop Plan for Water Quality
Access to clean water is something many of us take for granted. But, there’s a lot of effort and money that goes in to improving, and even just maintaining good water quality. One of the best ways to address water quality is through a watershed approach, by creating a management plan to address nonpoint source pollution.
 
The Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed (LCPRW) Alliance received a $75,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission’s (ANRC) 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution program to take an expanded look at water quality in their watershed. The goal of the project is to help the Alliance develop a “9-Element Watershed Management Plan”, or WMP.
 
Sally Entrekin, an Alliance board member and faculty researcher at the University of Central Arkansas, explains that the project will “help us get the data we need to complete the WMP. We’re excited to have the opportunity to make some big watershed improvements that will enhance water quality in central Arkansas. Plus, the grant will support student research assistants, which is always great for students and our community.”


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Speaker Series to Discuss Dam at Lake Fayetteville

If you live in Fayetteville, you’ve probably seen the big beautiful sycamore trees that used to line the dam at Lake Fayetteville, trees that provided shade for fishing and a scenic view for trail users. Few people know that the trees were actually a hazard to the dam because their roots were causing instability in the dam.
 
The Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership (LFWP) is hosting a public talk about the history, maintenance, and current issues of the Lake Fayetteville Dam as part of its speaker series.
 
Lynn Hyke, Construction Manager, and Shea Fankhouser, Project Coordinator for Utilities, both with the City of Fayetteville will give the presentation and answer questions about the Lake and dam. Lynn and Shea both took part in the most recent dam inspection back in April of this year.
 
The talk will take place on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:00 pm. The location is not yet determined, but it will likely be near the Lake in north Fayetteville.
 
Do you know how many dams there are in Arkansas? There are an astounding 1,257 dams. Lake Fayetteville is one of 409 dams that are regulated by the State because of the size and downstream risk. Furthermore, Lake Fayetteville is one of 114 dams that are deemed “high hazard” because if they fail, there would enormous safety issues and economic losses.
 
To stay up to date about the location of the event, visit the LFWP website at
http://www.lfwp.org, or find them on Facebook or Twitter (@LakeFayPartners).

Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Solicits Comments
By Walter G. Wright, Mitchell Williams Law Firm

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) announced the availability of the Draft 2018 Assessment Methodology (“Methodology”).
 
ADEQ is providing a 30 day public comment.
 
The Methodology contains procedures for how Arkansas will determine whether its waters are attaining their designated uses and water quality standards.


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UA Researcher Lands Grant to Study Irrigation in the Arkansas Delta
Benjamin Runkle, professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the UA in Fayetteville received a 3-year, $330,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture National Resources Conservation Service. The purpose of the research is to learn more about how different irrigation strategies can reduce the amount of water needed for rice production.
 
Most of the water that farmers use to irrigate their crops in Arkansas comes from groundwater. But, it’s well known that the groundwater supply won’t last at the current rate of withdrawal, so farmers and researchers are searching for ways to reduce how much water they pull from the ground.
 
At the same time, farmers can’t afford to take a loss in crop yield, or how many pounds of food they produce per acre. Runkle and his team will address how to reduce water needs and at the same time, maintain rice yields for the producer.


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Beaver Watershed Alliance Receives $500,000 Grant for Green Infrastructure in the Beaver Lake Watershed

By Beaver Watershed Alliance

On October 1, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a grant totaling $499,783 to the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) and Beaver Lake Watershed to build green infrastructure to improve water quality. The green infrastructure projects will advance components of the Beaver Lake Watershed Protection Strategy, and serve as educational demonstration sites for regional engineers and municipal staff, and will take place over the next three years.


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Calendar of Events

October 17
SWCD of Washington County Farm Field Tour and Demonstration
Cave Springs, AR

October 18
EAC and USGBC Invasive Species Removal
Fayetteville, AR

October 21
BWA Hwy 412 Cleanup
Springdale, AR

October 24
IRWP and AUFC Presentation - How Trees Benefit Stormwater
Cave Springs, AR

October 25
EPA Water Research Webinar - Tool for Life Cycle Cost Assessment of Grey and Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Online

October 28
FFC Fourche Creek Cleanup and Bioblitz
Little Rock, AR

October 31
EPA Small Systems Webinar - State Acceptance of UV Disinfection Technologies
Online

November 7
LFWP Speaker Series - Lake Fayetteville Dam History, Maintenance, and Current Issues
TBD

November 7-8
AFDWC Forum for Forests and Drinking Water
Bismarck, AR

 
Job Openings

UA Medical Sciences
Environmental Program Manager
Little Rock, AR

OK State University
Water Resources Engineer Assistant Professor
Stillwater, OK

Winrock International
Senior Program Associate for Agriculture and Volunteer Programs
Little Rock, AR

Tyson
Complex Environmental Manager
Berryville, AR
































































































































 






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