Beaver Watershed Alliance January e-News
A New Year to Engage in
Source Water Protection
We would like to acknowledge with gratitude the hard work and important contributions made by volunteers, partners and sponsors that made 2017 another successful year in source water protection!

Whether through volunteering to remove invasive plants, removing trash from streams, participating in educational and informational workshops, implementing best management practices on your property and in public spaces, contributing to the cause for clean water or supporting the mission of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, we thank you and look forward to another great year of making a positive difference throughout the watershed.

We hope 2018 brings you opportunities to recreate, restore and care for the watershed and we have a big year planned to get involved! But first, we are excited to share the accomplishments of your hard work that helped to make 2017 a success!
White River and Richland Creek Watershed Opportunity Assessment Continues

In an effort to engage watershed residents and landowners in the White River, Middle Fork, and Richland Creek subwatersheds of Beaver Lake to help protect the region’s drinking water source, BWA is working with landowners living along tributary streams in these areas. 

By forming relations with landowners and learning to understand what their resource needs or interests are, we are building a database of water quality improvement project opportunities that will help protect Beaver Lake. 

So far, we have conducted 25 programs on streamside, municipal, and forest and pasture management in the White River and Richland Creek Watersheds and 19 stewardship events with over 600 community members participating! Stewardship events have included tree planting events for water quality and wildlife improvement, invasive plant removal events for improving ecosystem integrity, and 6 stream cleanups removing 7,700 pounds of trash.

The project also includes an aspect of working with landowners to adopt a variety of volunteer best management practices on their property, assess sediment and nutrient loss, and conducting community watershed input meetings to focus in on the specific water quality improvement opportunities that exist in this part of the Beaver Lake Watershed.

Pasture renovation on 1,005 acres within this subwatershed has helped to reduce sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen, helping to protect the White River and its tributaries. Low Impact Development such as rain gardens and bioswales have been incorporated on resident's property and within the communities of the project area such as Elkins, Goshen, St. Paul and Pettigrew.

Thank you to US EPA and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission for your support and helping make this project possible for source water protection and the Beaver Lake watershed!

Thank you to community members that have helped make this project a success! Over 797 landowners and volunteers have contributed 2,160 hours towards this project area and have generated $49,746 in matching funds to date. For 2018, our goal is to increase those numbers and we hope you will join us in volunteering in watershed stewardship projects such as the Headwaters Cleanup coming up on January 20 and the Riparian Planting day that will take place on Saturday, March 10! See details in the events column or call 479-750-8007 or email us at for more information!  
Upcoming Events
January 20
Mill Creek OHV Trailhead
9 am - 12:30 pm

January 26
5 S Happy Hollow Rd.
Fayetteville, AR
2 pm - 4 pm


February 10
Goshen Community Bldg 244 Clark St., Goshen, AR
9 am - 1 pm

February 15
Mount Sequoyah Invasive Plant Pull
5 S Happy Hollow Rd.
Fayetteville, AR
2 pm - 4 pm

February 22
BWA Speaker Series
Arvest Ballpark
Community Room
3000 Gene George Blvd.
Springdale, AR
11:30 am - 1 pm

March 3
Streamside Management Workshop
Elkins, AR

March 10
Volunteer Riparian Planting Day
Throughout Watershed

Water for Life!

The value of your interest and involvement in the voluntary watershed protection effort for our regional water supply is priceless and appreciated!

Read, like, and share this newsletter to help spread the good water quality word and to help get your friends and family involved.

Together, we can make a difference! 
Low Impact Development (LID)
Is your property Rain Ready? Beaver Watershed Alliance will be hosting annual workshops to help property owners learn to apply Low Impact Development techniques to reduce erosion, flooding and help protect downstream neighbors and waterways from nonpoint source pollutants, like sediment and nutrients.

Details and locations for upcoming workshops will be announced soon!

More information call 479-750-8007 or email
Thanks to our partners from the  Watershed Conservation Resource Center  for harvesting some Missouri River willows from Ward Slough for use in river restoration projects! The ADOT required the City of Greenland to remove gravel from a box culvert bridge. This meant that all of the willows harvested would have been taken out with a bobcat or mini-track hoe so that the excessive gravel accumulation could be removed. Instead we were able to harvest for reuse!
  About Beaver Watershed Alliance
BWA was formed in 2011 to proactively protect, maintain, and enhance the water quality of Beaver Lake and the integrity of its watershed through outreach and education, voluntary best management practice implementation, and scientific investigation. BWA represents a diverse stakeholder group from conservation, education, water utilities, technical and science, agriculture, recreation, business, and local government groups working together for the goal of clean water.
Your financial contribution will help BWA fulfill our mission to proactively protect, maintain, and enhance the water quality of Beaver Lake and the integrity of its watershed through outreach and education, voluntary best management practice implementation, and scientific investigation.
Beaver Watershed Alliance
614 E. Emma Ave. Suite M438
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: 479-750-8007