Watershed Symposium

2020 Beaver Lake Watershed Annual Symposium

2020 Beaver Lake Watershed Symposium Flyer

Sept 24, 2020 | 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Registration is free and open to the public, the event will be held online.
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The Beaver Lake Watershed Annual Symposium will be a morning online event held on Thursday, September 24, 2020. 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 state-level updates on the Arkansas State Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and the 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, scientist, 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.

For questions, please email info@beaverwatershedalliance.org, or call 479-750-8007 for more information.

       

Agenda

Session 1: State Level Perspective

8:30 am: Becky Roark, Alliance Executive Director - Symposium Welcome

8:45 am: Ryan Benefield, AR Department Natural Resources
State Nutrient Reduction Plan Updates, State Water Plan, & Priority Watersheds

9:15 am: Edgar Mersiovsky, State Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS
2018 Farm Bill Section 1244(n): Source Water Protection Through Targeting of Agricultural Practices, & Source Water Protection Working Group

Session 2: Local Level Topics

Billy Ammons, Alliance Board Member - Session Moderator

9:45 am: Larry Berry, Dr. Andrew Sharpley, UA Discovery Farms Program
Discovery Farms & Discovery Watersheds in NWA & Beaver Lake Watershed

James McCarty, Alliance Board Member - Session Moderator

10:15 am Dr. Brian Haggard, AWRC, Thad Scott, Baylor University
Water Quality and the Benefit of Ponds in the West Fork of the White River

10:45 am: Wrap-up & Q/A

   

Sponsor the 2020 Alliance Annual Symposium:

When you sponsor programming like the 2020 Annual Symposium, you not only help make these events possible, but also support the work of the Alliance to achieve our mission to proactively protect, enhance and sustain water quality in Beaver Lake and the integrity of its watershed. Thank you for your support!

Riverside Sponsor - $250

  • Logo on marketing materials
  • Recognition during program

Main Tributary Sponsor - $500

  • Logo on marketing materials + 2 social media posts
  • Recognition during program

Lake Champion Sponsor - $1,000

  • Logo on marketing materials + 2 social media posts
  • Recognition during program
  • Mention on the Alliance "We Are Water" podcast