Thursday, October 22, 2009

Reasons to put a moratorium on "street improvement" in Fayetteville until city employees get training in up-to-date methods of dealing with stormwater

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DSCN7868 How much did the park department spend to create this temporary soccer park with the knowledge that the University of Arkansas would want it back for housing construction?

DSCN7869Hamestring Creek protected from flooding and erosion by tiny natural raingarden.  EX

DSCN7871 A natural raingarden slows the flooding a bit at the intersection of Lewis Ave. and Mount Comfort,  but the whole area formerly served that purpose.

DSCN7875 City Park Department leases this wet prairie from university for soccer field. A straight concrete ditch prevents water from soaking in and increases downstream flooding after water enters Hamestring Creek

DSCN7863 Hamestring Creek already reduced to a ditch along Mount Comfort Road. Fayetteville crew expected to curb and gutter this part of the road. Will the creek be in a pipe next?

Out-moded stormwater practices in the Hamestring Creek watershed affect homes along the stream in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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An elderly resident's driveway from newly "improved" portion of Lewis Avenue floods during moderate rain   DSCN7908lewis av garage flood

New pavement causes water to rush into garage. DSCN7907slope to garage

Some water piped under sidewalk and yard to Hamestring Creek but some runs from sidewalk into garage. DSCN7906water to garage

Concrete swales take parking lot water from Asbell Park into Hamestring Creek to increase flooding. DSCN7903concrete to crk

Illinois River Watershed Partnership announces annual membership board meeting and free streambank restoration workshop

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership invites you to join us at the Annual Membership and Board Meeting, Special Sponsor and Volunteer Recognition Reception and announcement of the 2009 Golden Paddle Awards in agriculture, business, conservation, construction, government, and technical/research fields.
Tuesday, November 10
Arvest Ballpark Sam’s Club Community Room in Springdale
Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30 pm
Thank you for your efforts and support of the mission of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and continuing to partner with us to preserve, protect and restore the Illinois River Watershed.
Please RSVP to 479-238-4671 or by Tuesday, November 3.
November 5 Streambank Restoration Workshop, Springdale 9 am. to 3 pm.
To register for free riparian demonstration workshop, email
IRWP Streambank Restoration Workshop
The Workshop will be led by Bobby Hernandez, Region 6 USEPA Community Planner and Jon Fripp of Fort Worth,NRCS.
Workshop partners include the City of Springdale Tree City USA committee, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC), Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
The workshop will cover several key areas of restoration including:
TECHNIQUES: Various streambank restoration techniques and successful technology and projects will be emphasized as well as unsuccessful restoration projects highlighted.
DEMONSTRATION: Demonstration of Jet Stinger technology will be used to plant willow cuttings along streambanks in the host city of Springdale, Arkansas.
IMPLEMENTATION: Implementation of low cost riparian and stormwater Best
Management Practices to improve water quality and reduce pollution in the Illinois River Watershed.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ducks Unlimited Banquet October 29, 2009, in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Green Groups Guild meeting Thursday

From: Green Groups Guild ( on behalf of ggg (ggg@UARK.EDU)
Sent: Tue 10/13/09 2:31 PM

Meeting 10/15/09 7:00 p.m.
209 Thompson Ave. Three Sisters Bldg on Dickson above Fez Hookah Lounge.
Patrick Kunnecke
GGG President
ASLA Vice President
4th Year Landscape Architecture Student

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Runners and Sponsors sought for Nov. 7, 2009, 5K veterans' memorial race to benefit Fayetteville National Cemetery

Please click on image to move to Flickr site and ENLARGE for easy reading. The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation meets at 10:30 a.m. Saturday October 10 and needs to add sponsor names to the file for the race T shirts and the brochures so that printing can begin. Already, Tyson Foods has donated at the Medal of Honor level and has challenged others to join them at the top of the list, thanks to the effort of RNCIC Secretary Peggy McClain.
RNCIC 5K sponsorship levels 09