Water Resources in Ozark Highlands Region

 Home Water Conservation

   
Articles on Home Water Conservation
Tips for the Home Gardener for Efficient Water Use

Find watering tips for your garden.

pdf Home Water Conservation

A Univ. of Arkansas fact sheet detailing the water cycle and little ways to save lots of water at home - both inside and outside.

Home Water Conservation Organizations & Professionals
There are 20 resources serving Ozark Highlands Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Home Water Conservation Organizations & Professionals serving Ozark Highlands Region
Government Agencies
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Teresa Marks - Director - North Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Dept of Rural Services
- Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Toni Snow - Administrative Specialist - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Lori Scott Nakai - Public Information Specialist - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission
- Little Rock, AR
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
David Long
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission - Private Lands Coordinator/Agricultural Liaison - Jonesboro, AR
Farm Service Agency
USDA - Washington, DC
Lower Mississippi River Fisheries Coordination Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Vicksburg, MS
National Invasive Species Council
U.S. Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA - Washington, DC
State and Private Forestry
USDA Forest Service - Office of Communication - Washington, DC
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Washington, DC
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Soil / Water Testing Labs
ATOKA, Inc.
Dr. Jerry Overton, PG - President & CEO - Hot Springs, AR
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
Perry Agricultural Laboratory
- Bowling Green, MO
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX

 Illinois River

   
Articles on Illinois River
pdf Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - Arkansas Illinois River Watershed
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The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the state of Arkansas, which seeks to enroll 15,000 acres of eligible marginal pastureland and cropland in 14 to 15 year contracts within the Illinois River watershed, with the primary goals of enhancing wildlife habitat and improve water quality by filtering agricultural runoff.

pdf Cost Comparison for Participation in Arkansas's Illinois River CREP Project -updated 2012

This table provides a comparison of total return, after variable and fixed costs, for land enrolled in the new Illinois River CREP program in Arkansas.

pdf Increased Income in Arkansas's new Illinois River CREP on 1 acre of land using CP22 Riparian Buffer Practice for Planting Trees

This example compares 2009 versus 2012 Illinois River CREP payments when installing CP22, a riparian buffer.  This spreadsheet shows the substantially increased new CREP payments.

pdf Increased Income in Arkansas's new Illinois River CREP on 1 acre of land using CP29 Marginal Pastureland Wildlife Habitat Buffer Practice

This example compares 2009 versus 2012 Illinois River CREP payments when installing CP29, a grass buffer for marginal farmland.  This spreadsheet shows the substantially increased new CREP payments.

pdf Handbook of Best Management Practices for the Upper Illinois River Watershed and Other Regional Watersheds

This handbook address potential management actions that can be taken by individuals or groups at households, businesses, institutions, municipalities, industrial facilities, farms, and construction sites to maintain or improve the water quality of the Illinois River.

Illinois River Organizations & Professionals
There are 58 resources serving Ozark Highlands Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Illinois River Organizations & Professionals serving Ozark Highlands Region
Geologists / Hydrologists
Apex Geoscience
- Tyler, TX
ATOKA, Inc.
Dr. Jerry Overton, PG - President & CEO - Hot Springs, AR
ETTL Engineers & Consultants Inc.
Douglas E. Flatt - Chief Executive Officer - Tyler, TX
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
Government Agencies
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Teresa Marks - Director - North Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Dept of Rural Services
- Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Toni Snow - Administrative Specialist - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
Lori Scott Nakai - Public Information Specialist - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission
- Little Rock, AR
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
David Long
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission - Private Lands Coordinator/Agricultural Liaison - Jonesboro, AR
Farm Service Agency
USDA - Washington, DC
Lower Mississippi River Fisheries Coordination Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Vicksburg, MS
National Invasive Species Council
U.S. Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA - Washington, DC
State and Private Forestry
USDA Forest Service - Office of Communication - Washington, DC
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Washington, DC
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Washington, DC
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Washington, DC
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Department of the Interior - Washington, DC
Licensed Water Well Contractors
Andrews & Foster Drilling Company
Donald A. Foster - President - Athens, TX
Apex Geoscience
- Tyler, TX
ETTL Engineers & Consultants Inc.
Douglas E. Flatt - Chief Executive Officer - Tyler, TX
MagnaCore Drilling & Environmental Services, Inc.
Cedric Cascio - Allen, TX
Pender Water Wells
Ernest Pender - President - Texarkana, TX
Strata Core Drilling, Inc
William Fields - Fort Worth, TX
Soil / Water Testing Labs
ATOKA, Inc.
Dr. Jerry Overton, PG - President & CEO - Hot Springs, AR
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
Perry Agricultural Laboratory
- Bowling Green, MO
Resource Analytical & Management Group, LLC
Billy K. Lemons - President & Principal Consultant - Nacogdoches, TX
State Funding / Technical Resources
Arkansas Acres for Wildlife Program
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Aquatic Resources Education Program
Jimmy Barnett - ARE Program Coordinator - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Black Bass Program
Colton Dennis - Black Bass Biologist - Hot Springs, AR
Arkansas Forest Stewardship Program
Doug Akin - Assistant State Forester-Management - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Toni Snow - Administrative Specialist - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Partners Project
Bill Noble - Project Biologist - North Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Poultry Litter Cost Share Program
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Private Lands Program
David Long - Private Lands Supervisor - Jonesboro, AR
Arkansas State Wildlife Grants
Jane Anderson - Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Coordinator - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Stream Team Program
Steve Filipek - Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Wetland Mitigation Bank Program
John Turner - Environmental Program Manager - Little Rock, AR
Arkansaswater.org
- Little Rock, AR
Conservation District Grant Program
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission - Little Rock, AR
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Family and Community Fishing Program
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Firewise Communities Program
Kevin Kilcrease - Firewise Coordinator/State Liaison - Little Rock, AR
GoodFires
Southern Group of State Foresters - Garner, NC
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
Greg Conover - MICRA Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Marion, IL
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
John Doty - Communications Director - Knoxville, TN
Prairie Grouse Partners
Ralph Rogers - Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership - Waverly, NE
The Arkansas Multi-Agency Wetland Planning Team
Jen Sheehan - Little Rock, AR
Trumpeter Swan Restoration and Reporting
AGFC - Little Rock, AR
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Water Conservation
David Heikes
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Aquaculture & Fisheries Center - Extension Fisheries Specialist - Pine Bluff, AR
Ecological Conservation Organization
Rob Fisher - Executive Director - Little Rock, AR
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
Rex Roberg
University of Arkansas/CES - Assistant Specialist, Wildlife - Little Rock, AR
Upper White River Basin Foundation
- Kimberling City, MO

 Mississippi River

   
Articles on Mississippi River
NRCS Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

In November of 2009, Secretary Vilsack announced a commitment of $320 million over the next four years for a Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative to address water quality, wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation concerns in the Basin.& ...

Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture

The Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, or LMVJV, is a self-directed, non-regulatory private, state, federal conservation partnership that exists for the purpose of implementing the goals and objectives of national and international bird conservation plans within the Lower Mississippi Valley region.

National Pollution Funds Center

While not specific to Mississippi, the National Pollution Funds Center administers the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which may be a source of funding for personal damages and ecosystem restoration in Mississippi and other Gulf states in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon debacle.

Audubon Mississippi River Initiative

The National Audubon Society is advocating a new vision for the Mississippi River watershedas a connected natural system that deserves greater attention from the nation.

The Mississippi River Conservation Initiative

The Mississippi River Conservation Initiative, or MRCI, is the implementation phase of the LMRCC’s Aquatic Resource Management Plan.

Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee

The Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee (LMRCC) is a cooperative, nonprofit organization of state and federal agencies working to renew and effectively managie the natural resources of the Lower Mississippi River.& ...

 Water Best Management Practices

   
Articles on Water Best Management Practices
pdf State Oil & Natural Gas Regulations Designed to Protect Water Resources
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This report is designed to equip regulators and policymakers with pertinent data and observations to consider when evaluating and revising rules in their states.

pdf Lawn Irrigation Guide: An Easy Way to Save Water
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Lawn irrigation accounts for nearly half of homeowner water usage. Many homeowners irrigate too often and for too short a period to meet lawn and especially landscaping (tree and shrub) needs.

pdf Arkansas Watersheds

A factsheet that explains the watershed concept and their relationship to hydrological unit codes, or HUC, and water quality management.

Safe Medicine Disposal in Arkansas

Explains how throwing old medicines in the toilet or trash can pollute water, alternatives for disposal and protection for various types of water systems.

pdf Beef Cattle Management for Water Quality Protection in Arkansas

This 14-page summary from the Univ. of Ark., Division of Agriculture describes various forms of grazing management that can improve compaction, riparian degradation and runoff from beef cattle operations.& ...

pdf Nutrient Management Planning for Livestock Operations: an Overview

Explains the objectives and benefits of developing a nutrient management plan.  Federal law requires plans for all concentrated animal feeding operations and the northwest Arkansas counties with areas designated as “nutrient sensitive” also require nutrient management plans.

pdf Nutrient Management Regulations Overview for Livestock Farms in Arkansas

This is a Univ. of Ark., Division of Agriculture fact sheet about the Arkansas Natural Resource Commissions mandate to safeguard water quality in the state.& ...

pdf 10 Things You Can Do to Stop (Water) Pollution

This factsheet from the Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group lists 10 simple but important measures that anyone can undertake, and provides a map overview of Arkansas watersheds.

Landowner’s Guide to Streamside Living

This 40+ page booklet, produced by the Kings River Watershed of northeast Arkansas, provides an overview of water quality rules and regulations as well as riverine ecosystems.& ...

pdf Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection

A 50-page document from the Arkansas Forestry Commission gives the definitive treatment for streamside management zones, roads, harvesting, chemical use, site prep, reforestation, fire and soils.

pdf Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative 2012 Annual Report
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Mission: The Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative articulates a shared vision for sustainable natural and cultural resources in the face of a changing climate and other threats; fosters a cooperative capacity within the conservation community to meet the challenges of achieving that vision; and facilitates the refinement of that vision through targeted evaluation over time.

pdf New Study Improves Drought Prediction Methods
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A new study by researchers at Oklahoma State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences may well improve the predictability of seasonal droughts and provide a better way for farmers to determine when drought conditions are likely to occur.

Conducting a Household Water Audit

Conducting a water audit can help you save money by reducing your home water bill (and sewer bill if you are connected to a public sewer system).& ...

pdf Two-Stage Poultry Mortality Composting, Daily Maintenance is Essential
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Beyond simply covering poultry mortality with litter, includes water contamination concerns.

pdf Treating Poultry Litter with Alum
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Explains the benefits of using alum for both poultry production and water quality.

pdf Watering systems for Cattle Ponds
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Discusses general considerations and various designs for such systems.

pdf Channel Catfish, Life History and Biology
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The basics on “the most important species of aquatic animal commercially cultured in the United States.”  Discusses blue, white, brown bullhead, black bullhead, yellow bullhead, and flathead catfish species.

pdf Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: An Overview of Critical Considerations
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Pros and cons and essentials for this system. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.t ...

pdf BMPs for Landscaping, Gardening and Pest Control

Best Management Practices For: residential homeowners, small businesses, landscapers, teenagers taking care of lawns as a summer job, golf courses, etc.

pdf BMPs for Domestic Animals, Hobby Farms and Stables

Best Management Practices For: Boarding Stables, Equestrian Centers, Small Farms, Urban Horse Owners, and Kennels.  Developed because animal waste contributes to water pollution when it is improperly stored or left uncovered near small streams and storm drains.

pdf Riparian Area Assessment Guide for Streamside Landowners
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This 26-page booklet introduces the Stream-A-Syst system to help landowners assess and manage their streams.  It contains a worksheet, action plan with recommended steps and sources of information to address various issues, and a visual (photographic) assessment guide.

pdf Riparian Buffers: Functions and Value
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Defines riparian buffers and discusses various benefits, including property value, wildlife habitat, timber, and recreational/aesthetic/spiritual values.

pdf Riparian buffers: Types and establishment methods
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Discusses grass, 3-zone, 2-zone, wildlife, urban and naturalized buffers and recommendations for how to choose, establish and cost-share.

pdf Liquid Manure Solids Management
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This brief factsheet from the University of Arkansas defines liquid manure, discusses storage and management options, as well as solids removal and equipment.

pdf The Use of Poultry Litter in Row Crops
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This factsheet from the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture delineates nutrient content, application procedures and guidelines for application and storage of poultry litter as a fertilizer and source of organic matter for row crops.

pdf Best Management Practices for Fayetteville Shale Natural Gas Activities

This 30-page document developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with numerous state and federal agencies, provides a comprehensive overview of recommended voluntary practices for energy companies during exploration, drilling and reclamation activities.& ...

pdf Analysis of the Numeric Water Quality Criteria Adopted by the Ten States That Border Directly on the Mississippi River
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This report summarizes findings from an Environmental Law Institute (ELI) analysis of the numeric water quality criteria (WQC) formally adopted, as of September 1, 2008, by the ten states that border directly on the Mississippi River—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

pdf Verification of Recommended Management Practices for Major Aquaculture Species
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The primary goal of this Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) project was to start verification programs in participating states (i.e.

pdf Common Farm-raised Baitfish
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Characteristics and requirements of the three most common baitfish in the South: the golden shiner, fathead minnow or goldfish. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online.

pdf What is Cage Culture?
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Advantages and disadvantages of one of the four primary methods of aquaculture: ponds, raceways, recirculating systems or cages. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center also lists all their available factsheets online.

pdf Aquaculture: Realities and Potentials When Getting Started
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Important personal, feasibility, and financial factors to consider. A list of all Southern Regional Aquaculture Center factsheets (more than 150) are available at https://srac.

pdf Algal Blooms, Scums and Mats in Ponds
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This brief document is full of photos that will help landowners to determine what form of algae they may have.  It describes the major types, their causes, effects, and what can be done to manage algal blooms.

pdf Costs of Small Scale Catfish Production
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Cost estimates developed for 6 2-acre levee ponds, including production facilities, site selection and pond construction, feed storage, water supply, equipment, and production practices.

 Water Resources

   
Articles on Water Resources
pdf Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program - Arkansas Illinois River Watershed
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The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the state of Arkansas, which seeks to enroll 15,000 acres of eligible marginal pastureland and cropland in 14 to 15 year contracts within the Illinois River watershed, with the primary goals of enhancing wildlife habitat and improve water quality by filtering agricultural runoff.

pdf Landowners Guide to Voluntary Wetland Conservation Programs in Arkansas

The purpose of this guide is to assist private landowners in the conservation and management of Arkansas’ wetlands and associated agricultural lands.

pdf The Delta Wetlands of Arkansas, GIS-Based Analysis of Arkansas’ Natural Resources

Wetlands are transitional habitats between land and water, often making wetland char - acterization and mapping a complex process. Geographic information systems (GIS) make it possible to provide an overview of wetland analysis at the watershed level, which gives wetland specialists in state agencies up-to-date information.

Water Resources Organizations & Professionals
There are 28 resources serving Ozark Highlands Region in the following categories:
map itMap of Water Resources Organizations & Professionals serving Ozark Highlands Region
State Funding / Technical Resources
Arkansas Acres for Wildlife Program
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Aquatic Resources Education Program
Jimmy Barnett - ARE Program Coordinator - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Black Bass Program
Colton Dennis - Black Bass Biologist - Hot Springs, AR
Arkansas Forest Stewardship Program
Doug Akin - Assistant State Forester-Management - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
Toni Snow - Administrative Specialist - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Partners Project
Bill Noble - Project Biologist - North Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Poultry Litter Cost Share Program
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Private Lands Program
David Long - Private Lands Supervisor - Jonesboro, AR
Arkansas State Wildlife Grants
Jane Anderson - Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Coordinator - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Stream Team Program
Steve Filipek - Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Arkansas Wetland Mitigation Bank Program
John Turner - Environmental Program Manager - Little Rock, AR
Arkansaswater.org
- Little Rock, AR
Conservation District Grant Program
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission - Little Rock, AR
Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Family and Community Fishing Program
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Little Rock, AR
Firewise Communities Program
Kevin Kilcrease - Firewise Coordinator/State Liaison - Little Rock, AR
GoodFires
Southern Group of State Foresters - Garner, NC
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
Greg Conover - MICRA Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Marion, IL
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
John Doty - Communications Director - Knoxville, TN
Prairie Grouse Partners
Ralph Rogers - Executive Director of the North American Grouse Partnership - Waverly, NE
The Arkansas Multi-Agency Wetland Planning Team
Jen Sheehan - Little Rock, AR
Trumpeter Swan Restoration and Reporting
AGFC - Little Rock, AR
Whitewater to Bluewater Project
Lisa Havel - Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Arlington, VA
Water Conservation
David Heikes
University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Aquaculture & Fisheries Center - Extension Fisheries Specialist - Pine Bluff, AR
Ecological Conservation Organization
Rob Fisher - Executive Director - Little Rock, AR
FTN Associates, Ltd.
- Little Rock, AR
Rex Roberg
University of Arkansas/CES - Assistant Specialist, Wildlife - Little Rock, AR
Upper White River Basin Foundation
- Kimberling City, MO