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February 2018

AWRC 2018 Conference Set for July 23-24
The Arkansas Water Resources Center annual water conference is set for July 23-24, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This year’s theme is “The Value of Water” and will address the various ways that abundant high-quality water is essential for the health of people and the economic vitality of communities, states, and the region.
 
More information about the conference, and a call for presentations will be shared in the coming weeks. Until then, contact
Erin Scott if you have any questions.

AWRC Publishes Report and Water-Quality Data for the Poteau River Watershed
The Arkansas Water Resources Center recently published a technical report and the associated water-quality data from samples collected in the Poteau River Watershed. This water-quality data report is the newest of several water-data reports available online that can be used by a variety of people including students, researchers, non-profit groups, government agencies, and other interested people. Data reports are published as Microsoft Excel files for fast and easy access.
 
The Poteau Valley Improvement Authority contracted with the Water Center to collect water samples at 26 sites on streams in the Lake Wister Watershed, which is part of the larger Poteau River Watershed. The Center also collected water samples at select additional sites to better identify “hot spots” where nutrients, sediments, and salts may occur in high concentrations. The project began in July of 2016 and is ongoing, while the report includes data from the first year of the project. You can find out more about this project
here.
 
Many state and federal agencies are encouraging, and in some cases requiring improved access to information for the public, and the AWRC aims to be a leader in this effort. The Center’s website can also be a platform for other organizations to share data and project reports with the public. Email
Erin Scott, AWRC program manager, for more information.

Special Issue Journal Focuses on Groundwater Supplies for Irrigation (Open Access)
 “Addressing Irrigation Aquifer Depletion” is the theme of a recent special issue from the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education (JCWRE). Water supply from aquifers is a huge area of interest for researchers, water resource managers, producers, economists, and many others because aquifer supplies are essential to feed the growing population.
 
Irrigated cropland covers 20% of the total agriculture area worldwide, but produces 40% of the total crop yield, so irrigated lands are extremely productive. In the United States, 43% of the irrigated agricultural land uses groundwater resources. Aquifer supplies are already unsustainable at the current rate of use, not to mention that the world will be 2.3 billion people heavier by 2050, and of course those people will need to eat.
 
The December 2017 issue of JCWRE includes a variety of topics related to aquifer depletion and agricultural water needs. From the Ukiah Valley aquifer in drought-prone California, to the Ogallala aquifer in Texas, to the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer in the delta that helps sustain Arkansas agriculture, this issue touches on specific problems and possible solutions for areas throughout the US. Robust research is fundamental to the continued use of these aquifers because policy and management decisions must rely on scientific study.
 
The special issue can be viewed here:
http://ucowr.org/journal-issue-archives/162.

Presentation on Nutrient Trading in Arkansas Hosted by BWA, Open to the Public
The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) is hosting a presentation on “Nutrient Trading and Act 335 in Arkansas” as part of their speaker series focused on “Investing in Water Supply Protection in northwest Arkansas”.
 
Allan Gates, an environmental attorney with Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC, will discuss the proposed nutrient water quality trading regulation and how it can be used as a tool to help improve water quality and drinking water supplies in Arkansas.
 

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Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan Draft Presented to NWA
How can the Buffalo River Watershed be properly managed to maintain its water quality and scenic beauty as well as its economic prospects?
 
Allen Brown with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) traveled to Rogers earlier this month to discuss the recently completed draft watershed management plan (WMP) for the Buffalo River. The plan focuses on non-point source pollution. Allen stressed that the WMP is non-regulatory and any suggested management activities are voluntary.  


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Calendar of Events

February 20
IRWP Invasive Species Removal
Cave Springs, A

February 22
BWA Speaker Series - Nutrient Trading, Allen Gates
Springdale, AR

February 26
WaterSmart Innovations Conference - Call for Abstracts Deadline
Las Vegas, NV

February 27
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Small Systems Funding
online

February 28
EPA Water Research Webinar - Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring in the Baltimore Harbor
online

March 7
BWA Invasive Plant Pull at Mt. Sequoyah
Fayetteville, AR

March 10
IRWP Riparian Planting Project
Multiple locations in northwest AR

March 12-13
Geological Society of America South-Central Section Annual Meeting
Little Rock, AR

March 25-28
AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference
Seattle, WA

April 4-5
Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference
Stillwater, OK

April 5
IRWP Green Infrastructure Academy
Cave Springs, AR

April 18

IRWP Commercial Low Impact Development Field Tour
Fayetteville, AR

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

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Davis, CA

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New York, NY


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