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Oct 4 Great Hall
Don Brandes, VP Matrix Design Group, Denver, shares six national riverfront restoration projects

Razorback Greenway Chuck Flink
Chuck Flink, President, Alta Greenways, features NWA Razorback Greenways and Trails project 

Matt VanEps Watershed Conservation Resource Ctr
Matt VanEps and Sandi Formica of the Watershed Conservation Resource Center share streambank restorations and sediment and nutrient reductions

Becky Roark Rain Garden Resource Specialist
Becky Roark, Rain Garden Resource Specialist, shares info on the EPA-ANRC Rain Garden Grant Project which has installed 19 of 60 rain gardens to be installed in the Illinois River and Beaver Lake Watersheds

Ethan Inlander Nature Conservancy
Ethan Inlander, Director, Ozarks Rivers Program, The Nature Conservancy, shares Healing Springs Restoration Project
Restoration of Our
A National and Regional Perspective on Urban Stormwater
held Oct 4-5
at Crystal Bridges Museum
100 attendees heard presentations on national and regional restoration projects to address land and water quality improvements
Conference Presentations can be downloaded at 
More photos at IRWP Facebook of conference reception announcing the IRWP Golden Paddle Award winners and the Watershed Sanctuary at Cave Springs.  
Optional tour showcased the rain garden at Horsebarn Trail in Rogers, 
the Watershed Sanctuary restoration project in Cave Springs, and Beaver Water District's Watershed Education Center in Lowell.
Scott Eccleston, Director of Facilities, Grounds and Trails at Crystal Bridges shared behind the scenes story of the construction of Crystal Bridges and the fantastic trails and grounds. 
For more information on the Rain Garden Project contact Becky Roark at or access grant information at
Jon Jones, Wright Water Engineering, has co-authored the International BMP Database for EPA.
A great summary article in the professional journal Stormwater Management.

Mark Goldsmith Walmart Stormwater Compliance
Mark Goldsmith, Sr. Director, 
Walmart Stormwater Compliance, emphasizes importance of watershed protection and features Walmart stormwater programs

Jon Jones Wright Water Engineering
Jon Jones, Wright Water Engineering and Tom Hopper, Crafton Tull share the City of Rogers, AR as regional case study

Congressman Womack and Eagle Scout presentation
Congressman Steve Womack, vice-chair of the House Energy and Water Subcommittee, addresses participants and presents Michael Wilkinson an Eagle Scout recognition for his 2012 Riparian Project which planted tree seedlings along 2,475 ft of Blossom Way Trail

Dr. Bob Morgan
Dr. Bob Morgan, Environmental Manager at Beaver Water District, features stream restoration of Blossom Way Trail

Roland Pinault, Walmart ISD, motivates attendees on how to engage volunteers and sponsors in projects

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