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April 2018

Become a Sponsor for AWRC Water Conference
Join us for our annual water research conference where professionals from across the region will come to learn and network. As a sponsor or exhibitor, you’ll gain exposure for your products and services from researchers, students, government agencies, non-profits, water utilities, consulting firms and others.
 
Three levels of sponsorship are offered: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Each level comes with complimentary registration(s), an exhibitor table, and recognition in conference materials, where the amount of recognition increases with higher levels of support.
 
Sponsors help to keep conference registration fees low for regular attendees and students, and allows greater attendance and participation than might otherwise be possible.
 
The conference will be on July 23-24 at the
Fayetteville Town Center.
 
Registration for the conference will be available soon. The deadline to register for sponsors is July 6, and the deadline for regular attendees, students, and presenters is July 16.

 
Visit our
conference website for more information or contact Erin Scott at erins@uark.edu if you have any questions.

Watch Go-Pro Videos Record the Path of Pollution
Have you ever watched water flow down the road and disappear into the drain during a thunderstorm? Thanks to a series of new videos, now you can follow the path of that water and the pollutants that might be carried with it.
 
Colin Massey and colleagues with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in Washington Country produced the
“Pollutant Path Video Series” to help the public better understand the flow of water and pollutants through our urban environment. They did this using point-of-view cameras to allow viewers to experience the journey of pollution from storm drain to outfall into nearby creeks and streams.
 
Pollution that is carried by stormwater runoff flows untreated through storm drains directly to our local streams, rivers, and lakes which ultimately provide our drinking water supply.


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AWRC Will be at Mulberry River Earth Day Event!
One of the best things about a career in environmental science is getting to work outside. We are joining the Mulberry River Society for their Earth Day Celebration this Friday, April 20th on the beautiful Mulberry River. We will be sharing information about who we are and what we do, and about how we test water quality for Arkansas researchers and the public.  
 
This year’s celebration will be big because it’s also the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This Act was established by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values. Designated rivers remain free-flowing and un-dammed for the enjoyment of the people. The Mulberry River was designated a National Wild and Scenic River in April of 1992.
 
Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Senator John Boozman will headline as speakers at the event.  Arkansas Representative Sarah Capp, and former U.S. Senator David Pryor will also be in attendance. The celebration will also officially dedicate the newly restored High Bank and Indian Creek access points along the Mulberry River.
 
Come out and enjoy a day on the river! More information about the event can be found on the Mulberry River Society
website.

University of Arkansas Alumnus Now Director of Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute
Dr. Jason Krutz is an Arkansas native and graduated from the University of Arkansas with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy in the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences. He then received his Ph.D. in agronomy from Texas A&M University. After spending some time with various agencies, he recently became the director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute, a sister institute to the Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC).
 
As a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, Krutz’s research focused on phytoremediation of agrochemicals.


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EPA Finalizes Guidelines to Ebb Illinois River, Tenkiller Lake Pollution
After decades of disagreement and litigation, it appears Arkansas and Oklahoma finally will be operating off the same page when it comes to Illinois River and Tenkiller Lake pollution sources.
 
Longtime Illinois River advocates were glad to see the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement Monday of long-awaited pollution guidelines for the watershed.
 
“I’m certainly glad to hear this,” said Ed Brocksmith, a founder of the group Save The Illinois River, who said for a Tulsa World article just a few weeks ago that he feared years of cooperative efforts in the hands of the EPA had “fallen into a black hole.”
 
“It’s definitely a step forward,” he said Monday.
 
Phosphorous and nitrates from wastewater plants, poultry producers, industry and other sources caused algae to grow in the river and changed the habitat.
 

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Calendar of Events

April 21
Illinois River Watershed Partnership Mud Creek Cleanup
Fayetteville, AR

April 24
Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Kessler Mountain Invasive Plant Removal
Fayetteville, AR

April 24
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Simultaneous Compliance: Considerations for Adjusting Treatment
online

April 26
Beaver Watershed Alliance Invasive Plant Pull at Mt. Sequoyah
Fayetteville, AR

April 28
Beaver Watershed Alliance Winslow Kudzu Kill
Winslow, AR

May 4
Beaver Watershed Alliance Invasive Plant Pull at Mt. Sequoyah
Fayetteville, AR

May 4-5
Ozark Natural Science Center FREE Family Camp
Huntsville, AR

May 12
Illinois River Watershed Partnership Native Plant Propagation Workshop
Cave Springs, AR

July 23-24
Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Conference
Fayetteville, AR

October 3-6
Global Water Security for Agriculture and Natural Resources Conference
Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, India

November 28-29
Bays and Bayous Symposium
Mobile, AL
 
Job Openings

Northwest Arkansas Land Trust
Director of Land Protection and Stewardship; Campaign Manager; Office Administrator
Fayetteville, AR

Sustainability Consortium
Manager of Technical Development
Fayetteville, AR

Winrock International
Water Program Associate
Arlington, VA

Garver

Water Design Center Intern
Fayetteville, AR


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