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Watershed Protection and Action Strategies
Sept. 30 - Oct. 4, 2013
Restoration of Our Rivers Conference: Oct. 3-4, 2013
Join us at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for Restoration of Our Rivers, a two-day national conference providing regional and national perspectives on regulatory, planning, and economic measures that improve water quality.
Across the United States our rivers and stormwater systems are being impacted by a variety of natural and man-made issues that federal, state and local governments attempt to manage, regulate and improve for future generations to use and enjoy in the midst of declining public revenues and resources. The restoration of our natural and man-made water systems is an imperative that all federal, state, and local officials, property owners, agriculture, business and others have a practical and financial interest. 
Professional development credit available.  For more information or to register online, please click here.
Illinois River Salon, Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Featuring juried selection of over 50 pieces of artwork celebrating the beautiful Illinois River Watershed of Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. Reception on October 2 from 6 pm-8 pm at Compton Gardens in Bentonville. Public invited for wine and cheese. Artists in attendance. $7,500 in Awards announced. More information can be found  here.  
Conference Speakers and Special Sessions
The 2013 Restoration of Our Rivers conference has an exceptional lineup of regionally and nationally acclaimed speakers providing perspectives on regulatory, planning, and economic measures that improve water quality.  Highlighted sessions listed below.  
View full conference agenda for further details.
Steve Womack
Congressman, Arkansas District 3
Mark Goldsmith
Senior Director of Stormwater Compliance, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Todd Reeve
Special Sessions
Keynote Address:
Clean Energy and Our Economic Future
Bill Ritter, Jr.

Civic, Governmental and Business Land Use Development Panel Presentation
Moderator: Mark Goldsmith

A Long-Term, Collective Impact Approach to Watershed-Scale Change
Todd Reeve

Dynamic Clean Water Practices
Richard S. Davis

Crystal Bridges Museum: Nature and Art
Scott Eccleston

Rain Garden Academy:
Oct. 2
This one-day workshop will offer valuable information and resources to those who are interested in improving the landscape and watershed using low-impact development techniques such as rain gardens.
Individuals affiliated with public and quasi-public institutions that are interested in applying for the Rain Garden Project Mini-Grant are encouraged to attend.
Pre-registration is required. Professional development credit available. Please click here for more information or to register online!

EnviroCert Stormwater Certification Courses: Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Four stormwater certification courses and exams will be hosted at Compton Gardens in Bentonville for those desiring further credentials. For more information or to register, please visit  EnviroCert International's websiteProfessional development credit available.
Bill Ritter, Jr.
Former Governor of Colorado
Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University
Richard S. Davis
Principal Attorney, Beveridge & Diamond P.C.
Scott Eccleston
Director of Grounds and Facilities
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