Speaker Series - Harmful Algal Blooms

When: Thursday, August 20, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Speakers: Brie Olsen, Ecologist Coordinator in the Office of Water at the Division of Environmental Quality and Dr. Brian Haggard, Executive Director with the Arkansas Water Resources Center       
Advanced Registration is Required: CLICK HERE
Details: The recurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) or "CyanoHABs" in freshwater environments in Arkansas has inspired teams of scientists and regulators across multiple disciplines to work together to achieve a broader understanding of the occurrence, impacts, and management of HABs on water bodies used for drinking water, agriculture, irrigation, fishing, and recreational purposes. All water bodies require primary producers, such as phytoplankton and filamentous algae, to make up the base of the food chain. However, concerns arise when water bodies become dominated by one or a few species. This presentation will cover HABs in Arkansas, including case studies on Lake Hamilton and Lake Fayetteville, and will cover the Harmful Algal Bloom Management Plan for Arkansas, including recommended actions. 
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Fall Forestry Management Webinar

When: Friday, August 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Speakers: Raven Lawson, Watershed Protection Manager with Central Arkansas Water,  Chas McCoy, Watershed Specialist with The Nature Conservancy, and Hugh Lumpkin, Private Lands Biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Advanced Registration is Required: CLICK HERE This is a FREE program!
Details: Please join us for our annual Fall Forest Management Workshop! This is a great opportunity to learn how YOU can improve YOUR forest to increase wildlife diversity, reduce stormwater issues, and improve the aesthetic appeal of your forests. Raven is an expert in the role healthy forests play in protecting water quality, and how to manage forests to promote the diverse understory vegetation necessary to filter stormwater and promote watershed vitality. Chas has extensive experience managing forests for conservation, including one of the most ecologically diverse forests in the entire state, the Rob and Melani Walton Preserve. Hugh is an expert in promoting our native game and non-game species in forestlands, which require healthy plant diversity to thrive. This year, we are providing this educational short class for private landowners of forested lands online via webinar, which will be recorded and made available for future participants on our Alliance YouTube channel.   
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Alliance Annual Symposium

When: Thursday, September 24, morning half day   
Advanced Registration is Required: CLICK HERE
Details: This year's Annual Symposium will feature both landscape-scale conservation topics as well as agricultural best management practices for source water protection. Presentations will include updates on the Arkansas State Nutrient Reduction Strategy, 2018 Farm Bill Section 1244(n): Source Water Protection Through Targeting of Agricultural Practices, will feature the Alliance Pond Optimization Project with Baylor University, and will also expand on water quality monitoring and best management practice impacts through the University of Arkansas Discovery Farm and Discovery Watershed programs. The program will also include a virtual tour of the Pond Optimization project in the Rock Creek subwatershed. We encourage water quality professionals, municipal and county staff, utility managers, design and landscape professionals, science and engineering communities, property managers, and landowners to attend. 


West Fork of the White River Cleanup

When: Saturday, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: West Fork-White River Watershed or 479-750-8007
Details: The 15th Annual West Fork Cleanup will take place Saturday, September 26th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. To limit the gathering of people, there will be a check-in window between 8:30 am and 10:00 am for handing out trash bags and gloves at Riverside Park in West Fork.  We require that you wear a mask at the check-in. RSVP: To help streamline the check-in process, you must register in advance for this event. If you have a group that would like to volunteer for this event, you can preregister, and we can assign you to a site early to reduce the amount of people checking-in. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after much consideration, we have decided to cancel the free lunch and music portion of our annual cleanup. There will still be a raffle for volunteers for a few prizes that will be delivered after the cleanup.