A Walton Family Foundation challenge grant was met by many IRWP partners joining together to purchase 30 acres of one of the most sensitive eco-systems in the Illinois River Watershed, establishing the Watershed Sanctuary at Cave Springs, and new home of the IRWP.
Partners L to R: Jeff Milford, AEP, Mayor Larry Smith, Delia Haak, IRWP, Carl Handley and Scott Carney, AEP Environmental
IRWP worked with USDA FSA and NRCS state and county agents in 2012 to educate eligible Illinois River Watershed landowners on water quality conservation programs.
IRWP Conference "Restoration of Our Rivers" held at Crystal Bridges and attended by over 100 participants from 6 states focused on national and regional stream restorations, low impact development, green infrastructure and community stakeholder participation.
2012 Riparian Project volunteers planted 5,000 tree seedlings in 6 cities and the Flint Creek Tree Farm. Here volunteers gathered in Springdale to plant trees along Spring Creek with IRWP, Springdale Public Works and Parks and Recreation.
IRWP hosted Watershed Camps, River Rally and Splash, Sager Creek Days and more adventures for local Boys and Girls Clubs, kid's day camps, teacher ADE workshops,schools, university students and corporate groups
THANK YOU 2012 IRWP PARTNERS!
Walton Family Foundation
AR Natural Resources Commission
US EPA Region 6
AR Game and Fish
AR Forestry Commission
Tom & Gloria Hopper
Del Monte Foods
City of Fayetteville
City of Springdale
AR Farm Bureau
Uvalde Lindsey-State Seante
Jay & Joyce Hale
John Brown University
Water Tech Inc
25,600 Volunteer & Outreach Hours
Kids & Adults Participated
300 Public Education and Outreach Projects
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The Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary's goal is to improve water quality, preserve and restore natural eco-systems, provide education and outdoor recreation. The Sanctuary protects the largest population of endangered species of Ozark Blind Cavefish and a large population of Gray Bats. IRWP and AR Game and Fish will provide watershed education and outdoor recreation.
Walmart, University of Ozarks Environmental Leadership students, and University of Arkansas Make A Difference Day volunteers worked at the Watershed Sanctuary clearing debris along the lake and primitive trail.
IRWP Clean Water Raingers programs reached 7,000 children and adults at over 25 schools with songs by Captain Marshall Mitchell and with original children's book created by ThinkPen Design, artist Jack DeRocher, and CWR coordinator Jennifer Michaels.
Prairie Grove Middle School EAST students and teacher Tracie Ashley, plant a rain garden with IRWP along the trail at the town's Senior Center, one of 10 rain gardens installed in 2012 through an IRWP-ANRC-US EPA Non-Point Source Grant.
IRWP water quality monitoring project with USGS researchers Jim Petersen, Billy Justus and team taking samples at 18 sites in the UIRW, Evansville Creek.