Alliance Virtual Farm Tour

When: Saturday, September 19, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Advanced Registration is Required:
Details: Special funding is available to landowners who live in the West Fork of the White River (WFWR) watershed. This funding is through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to landowners who have property in the project area of the “WFWR Watershed Initiative” (Initiative). Several landowners have already participated in the Initiative to implement EQIP practices such as restoring unstable streambanks, enhancing riparian areas, creating alternative livestock watering sources, installing fencing for rotational grazing, improving livestock heavy use areas, and establishing pollinator & wildlife habitat.

Join us on September 19th at 3 pm to tour a landowner's farm that has implemented some of these best management practices through EQIP! This is a great opportunity to learn how YOU can improve your forest, pasture, streamside and working farmlands.

The Watershed Conservation Resource Center(WCRC), Beaver Watershed Alliance (Alliance), and NRCS continue to work together along with other community partners to implement the InitiativeThe purpose is to reduce sediment and nutrient loadings to the WFWR and its tributaries and improve wildlife habitat through restoration and implementation of best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural and forest landowners' properties.

Registration is free, but required to attend. Please register here:

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Alliance Annual Symposium

When: Thursday, September 24, 8:30 - 11:00 am
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. Local-level topics will focus on the Alliance Pond Optimization Project with Baylor University and water quality studies conducted in the West Fork watershed with the University of Arkansas Water Resources Center, including a virtual tour in the headwaters of Rock Creek. Presentations by the U of A Discovery Farms Program will expand on best management practice impacts and the development of a Discovery Watershed Program. Beaver Lake and its tributaries are interconnected with the regional landscape of Northwest Arkansas. Landowners, universities, scientists, government agencies, utilities, conservation organizations, and water quality groups are working in collaboration to achieve conservation objectives. This Annual Symposium aims to bring educational awareness on technical topics, highlight the efforts and results achieved in the Beaver Lake watershed and open a dialogue for stakeholders.
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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. 


A Tale of Two Watersheds

When: Tuesday, October 13, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm     
Advanced Registration is Required: CLICK HERE
Details: Whether you're a native Arkansan or new to the area, you likely know the importance of water to Northwest Arkansas's economy. Water in Northwest Arkansas helps fuel everything from industrial practices to recreational free time. But do you know the local waterways that fill our lakes and rivers? Do you know the quality of the water that you live by and play in? If you'd like to learn about the Beaver Lake and Illinois River watersheds that encompass most of Northwest Arkansas join us on Tuesday, October 13th, at 11:30 am for a conversation with the Executive Directors of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, Becky Roark, and the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Nicole Hardiman. The directors will discuss the two watersheds, while Jane Maginot, County Extension Agent with University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, will talk about how your daily actions have an impact on waterways, as well as what you can do to protect these watersheds in Northwest Arkansas.
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