February Speaker Series

3000 Gene George Blvd. Springdale, AR 72762

The February Speaker Series will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Community Room at Arvest Ballpark. Networking and lunch will be from 11:30 am to noon, and the presentation will be from noon to 1 pm. The presentation will discuss the proposed nutrient water quality trading regulation that would allow implementation of the concept as a tool to help improve the water environment in Arkansas. Nutrient trading is a form of exchange (buying & selling) of nutrient reduction credits. These credits have a monetary value that may be paid to the seller for installing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce nitrogen or phosphorous. In general, water quality trading utilizes a market-based approach that allows one source to maintain its regulatory obligations by using pollution reductions created by another source. Presentation by Allan Gates, Environmental Attorney, Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC. Please RSVP to the Beaver Watershed Alliance at (479) 750-8007 or


Streamside Management Workshop

Elkins Community Center, 162 Doolin Dr, Elkins, AR 72727, USA

The Streamside Management Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 9:00 AM at the Elkins Community Center (162 Doolin Dr.). Participants will learn how to establish and increase the health of their riparian buffers along streams and rivers to prevent land loss and slow down erosion. Experts from the Watershed Conservation Resource Center and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will present topics ranging from stream basics and gravel management to permitting and financial assistance programs. Participants will also learn how to establish and increase their riparian buffer through a hands-on planting demonstration using native tree and shrub seedlings, following the workshop. Please RSVP, lunch will be provided. Participants that ordered trees and shrubs through the Beaver Watershed Alliance's Free Tree and Shrub program will be able to pick up their plants to take home. This is a FREE program and lunch will be provided, please RSVP by contacting Melissa Welch at 479-750-8007 or  


Mt. Sequoyah Invasive Plant Pull

5 S Happy Hollow Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72701

Help make a difference in the Beaver Lake Watershed, improving and protecting our most precious natural resource -water! If you want to lend a hand, your help is needed Wednesday, March 7th at Mt. Sequoyah Woods, a 97-acre open greenspace in south Fayetteville.

Mt. Sequoyah Woods is part of a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation project to promote a healthy ecosystem and wildlife in urban forests. This time, we'll be removing the highly invasive Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera mackii) and Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) to promote native plants for wildlife habitat. We'll meet at the Mt. Sequoyah Woods trailhead, located at 5 S Happy Hollow Rd, Fayetteville, AR and work from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Gloves, tools, water, and hands-on training will be provided. Warm, outdoor clothing and footwear recommended.


Tree Planting

Various Locations

Join the Beaver Watershed Alliance in planting trees and shrubs across the Beaver Lake Watershed. We will be planting along riparian areas to protect the water quality of Beaver Lake. Please contact Melissa Welch at 479-750-8007 or for more information and to RSVP!


Middle Fork-White River Cleanup

Bunch Park, Elkins, AR

Join BWA for a cleanup of the Middle Fork of the White River to remove trash and bulky waste before it flows into Beaver Lake! The event will take place on Saturday, March 17th from 9 am to 1 pm. Volunteers will meet at Bunch Park Pavilion in Elkins at 9 am where they will be directed to various cleanup locations, and will return at 12 pm for a free lunch and door prizes. All supplies including trash bags, gloves, and trash pickers will be provided. For more information and to volunteer contact Melissa Welch at or (479)750-8007.  


White River-Richland Creek Watershed Community Meeting

Durham Community Center, 11699 AR-16 Scenic, Elkins, AR 72727

Join us for a Watershed Community Meeting on Friday, March 30th, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Durham Community Center. Join us to learn more about the White River and Richland Creek watersheds of Beaver Lake, provide input about water quality improvement opportunities in this area, and find out how you can use Best Management Practices to improve your land and water quality. Meet staff from BWA that is available to assist you with resources to use these practices. RSVP to Melissa Welch at or by calling (479) 750-8007.  


East Fork-White River Cleanup

Bunch Park, Elkins, AR 72727, USA

Help cleanup the East Fork of the White River! Happening Saturday, April 14th from 9 am until 1 pm. Volunteers will meet at Bunch Park in Elkins for supplies and instructions for cleanup areas to be covered. Cleanup will take place along various sites along the river. Trash bags, gloves and water will be provided. A free lunch and door prizes will follow the cleanup. For more information, please contact Melissa Welch at 479-750-8007 or