Saturday, April 24, 2010

Green infrastructure still being destroyed: Boozeman, Lincoln and Pryor all promised in 2009 to cooperate to get federal money appropriated to buy sale-barn property; instead, their failure to act has resulted in wet-prairie land north and west of the National Cemetery being dredged and filled for burial sites

Fayetteville National Cemetery photo set. Scroll to bottom of set for more of today's photos This didn't have to happen. Could it be related to the fact that none of the three is a U.S. military veteran? Or did they have more important people's votes in mind? The percentage of veterans who vote is pretty high. The right to vote has always been a reason for many to agree to fight to protect our Democratic form of government. DSCN8289 Please click on image to ENLARGE view of land dredging at Fayetteville National Cemetery on April 23, 2010.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Earth Day Festival began Friday night with Caring for Creation at Mount Sequoyah; Earth Day at World Peace Wetland Prairie from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2010, offers eduction and fun for all ages

Please click on image to ENLARGE for closer view of sample photos from WPWP.
PLEASE double-click the image to ENLARGE view and ENLARGE further with your computer's tools to read small type. For more about World Peace Wetland Prairie please see   
PLEASE double-click the image to ENLARGE view and ENLARGE further with your computer's tools to read small type.

World Peace Wetland Prairie is the riparian zone of a small stream that historically was fed by seep springs and rainwater from three directions when the first westward immigrants settled Fayetteville, Arkansas. World Peace Wetland Prairie has the deepest layer of dark, rich soil in its subwatershed because leaves and other vegetative matter accumulated as the flowing water slowed and soaked into the absorbent soil and enriched that soil. Pinnacle Foods Inc.'s mounded wet prairie to the west is the main source of clean water flowing to World Peace Wetland Prairie at this time. Before the railroad was built, water flowed off Rochier Hill to the northwest and from the prairie and savannah to the north of WPWP that has been replaced by fill dirt and paving for apartments. Water from the east and north slopes of the high land where Pinnacle Foods Inc. now sits flowed to WPWP along with all the water from the high ground near 15th Street, which moved north to WPWP before flowing east to the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River. Such remnants of prairie help keep the water where it falls and recharge the groundwater. Like the many similar remnants of such prairie in our diverse geographical area, WPWP and Pinnacle Prairie are the surface manifestation of a significant bedrock fault. Such sunken wetland is a characteristic feature that appears above geological faults worldwide. The Karst map of Washington County Arkansas shows the WPWP watershed in red, meaning that it is a critical groundwater recharge area. Preserving such depressional wetland in our city is the least expensive way to reduce downstream flooding and siltation of our water supply. Hundreds of native plants grow. Many birds and other wildlife prosper on healthy wetland vegetation. And prairie vegetation sequesters carbon dioxide and cleans the ground water.

KEEP the WATER where it FALLS!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Environmental Education Week activities sponsored by Illinois River Watershed Partnership and Walmart Foundation

Please double-click Illinois River Watershed Partnership for more information.


Volunteers at Lake Wedington
Beaver Lake and Lake Fayetteville residents volunteer at Lake Wedington

Jet Stinger plants live willow cuttings
AEP-SWEPCO Environmentalist and retired JBU engineering professor plant willows

Gentry Primary School ARFC Arbor day
AR Forestry Commission and Gentry Mayor, City Council and School Supt plant for Riparian Project and Arbor Day 
Our Thanks to the
Walmart Foundation and Sam's Club for sponsoring
National Environmental Education Week USA
April 11-17
Join us for these education and outreach projects...
April 13
Scull Creek cleanup
4 pm to 7 pm
April 15
Video Contest Entries postmarked
Info on cash prizes:
April 16 Rain Garden at Horsebarn Trail
1 pm to 5 pm
Horsebarn Trail and 52nd St Bridge, Rogers
April 20
Cargill Inc. Clean Water Raingers Watershed Show
12 noon, Springdale Plant 
April 21 Fayetteville Watershed Luncheon
12 to 1 pm Biobased Solutions
April 22 Bentonville On the Square
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
April 23 Rain Garden at Horsebarn Trail

1 pm to 5 pm
Horsebarn Trail and 52nd St Bridge, Rogers
April 24 Eagle Watch Nature Trail, GentryJet Stinger demo 9 to 11 am 
April 25 First United Methodist Church ecoTeam Creation Celebration
4:00 pm FUMC Springdale  
April 30 Rain Garden at Horsebarn Trail
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
May 1 Creek Cleanups
Osage, Spring, Mud
Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville
10 am to Noon
May 1     Green Expo Clean Water Raingers Show with Marshall Mitchell
12 noon Hammons Center, Rogers

For more information 
call 479-238-4671 or

EPA, Elk River Partnership, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Assoc volunteers

Cargill volunteers
 Cargill Associates with local TV meteorologist
at Lake Springdale cleanup

TNC dibble bar demo
 The Nature Conservancy's Tim Snell demonstrates tree planting to Prairie Grove students along Clabber Creek in Fayetteville

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