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Butterfield Trail Elemetary Rain Garden volunteers
Butterfield Elementary PTO Dad and IRWP Board member Hunter Haynes assist Terri Lane and Fayetteville's Community Wildlife Habitat Project

Flint Creek Tree Farm will harvest 300 tree seedlings planted in March
for fall riparian buffer plantings. 

Walmart ISD volunteers at CFN Rain Garden, Rogers
Walmart ISD Volunteers planting rain garden
at Center for Non-Profits, Rogers. 
Dedication of garden at CFN on September 27

4-State Watershed Academy logo
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma share watersheds.
Dr. Al Armendariz, Region 6 EPA Administrator, Dr. Andrew Sharpley, 2010 International Plant Nutrition Science award winner and experts from all 4 states will speak Sept. 29-30 at the 4-State Watershed Academy. 
Learn more about how watersheds work, what's being done, and what we can do together to wisely manage our water resources. 
Register at

Washington County 4-H leaders cleanup river
Join us Friday, September 9 for the 2011 Illinois River cleanup sponsored by OSRC and local OK outfitters. 
 Drawing for prizes include 3 fantastic kayaks! 
CALL 918-456-3251
Sept 9
9 am-2 pm
Illinois River Cleanup
Sponsored by OSRC Meet at OSRC Office on Hwy 10 near Tahlequah 
FREE CANOES, RAFTS, for cleanup volunteers
Sept 15
Rain Garden Dedication 
Butterfield Trail Elementary School
3:30 pm
Sept 17
Rain Garden Installation
Siloam Springs Public Library
 9 am to Noon
Sept 24
Rain Garden Installation Wilson Park
9 am to Noon
Sept 27
Rain Garden Dedication 
Center for Non-Profits, Rogers
4:00 pm
Sept 29-30
Four-State Watershed Academy
Cherokee Casino Hotel and Conference Center West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma
To register, go to
 2011 Golden Paddle Award nominations due
Oct 1 
Click here to nominate 
agriculture, business, conservation, construction, government and education  categories
Oct 1
Cave Springs Festival
Lake Keith
9 am...all day!
Oct 11-12
E-Recycle Event
Arvest Ballpark
FREE Electronic Recycling
Businesses, schools, individuals
Click here for info flyer
To learn more
USGS monitoring Osage Creek with TV news
USGS Sceintists conduct monitoring project for the IRWP at 18 sites in the Illinois River Watershed. TV and newspaper crews take notice on Osage Creek

Rain Gardens at IRW schools
Students at Shaw Elementary School in Springdale install a rain garden on the last day of school and the first day of the "drought of summer 2011"! 

native plants
Rain Gardens feature native plants that can better withstand floods and droughts....good thing for 2011 spring and summer rain gardens! 

2010 Golden Paddle Award in Agriculture
Nominations for 2011 Golden Paddle Awards due October 1
Winners announced November 8 at IRWP annual membership meeting along with sponsor recognition and the 2011 Volunteer of the Year award
Photo: 2010 Agriculture Golden Paddle Award winners: Cargill Inc.

bug-kicking in the Illinois River
 4-H Leaders join leaders from 5 counties in AR and OK canoe, bug-kick for water quality, and pick up trash while they float. Canoes and lunch provided by the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and local outfitters.

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