2013 Kings River Cleanups
Members and guests gathered recently for the annual meeting of the KRWP, held at the Berryville Community Center. Several board members were up for reelection. They were not opposed, so Matt Hunnicutt, Ron Flake, and Troy Cline will each serve three more years.
Randy Forst, Carroll County Extension Agent, presented a talk on how communities can work together to protect and conserve water resources, based on his experience in Collierville and Germantown TN., near Memphis. Faced with degrading water resources, these towns implemented “Low Impact Development” strategies like tree planting programs and permeable sidewalks to ensure that rainfall reached tree roots. Green spaces, water gardens and code requirement changes aligned new construction practices with proven methods of water preservation and reduction of storm water run-off into local streams. Mr. Forst admitted that such measures are notcheap, but stated that when communities work together to protect resources, the investment pays off in the long run and allows us to pass on healthy attractive waterways to subsequent generations.
Ray Warren, who oversees the water quality testing program, with the help of Glenda Allison, Kyle Hunnicutt, and Sam Davis, gave a brief report on how water samples are collected, and explained which tests are done in the field and at the University of Arkansas Water Quality Laboratory.
Ron Flake stepped up to recognize Walter Karnes', long-serving board member for his contributions to the organization. The musical group Southern Zephyr, including band members Rhonda and Glenn Littrell, and Richard Taylor were awarded for their contributions to the yearly party after the Carroll County river cleanups. Gray Squires, also a band and board member, accepted the award on their behalf. Members and guests were invited to enjoy refreshments afterward. 2012 Annual Membership Meeting
The Kings River Watershed Partnership, located in Northwest Arkansas, is a non profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2001. It is a cooperative effort founded by local people and organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes; more specifically to protect the health, purity, and economic viability of the Kings River watershed, now and for future generations.
The membership of KRWP includes local citizens, from all walks of life, who are interested in protecting the Kings River Watershed. View Large Map (715 Kb)
Diversity of features in the watershed is a characteristic of the region and is reflected in the range of interests of the membership. Among the members there are property owners, small business owners, fisherman, poultry growers, recreational enthusiasts, farmers, cattlemen, conservationists, educators, retirees, and families that picnic, float, swim, and fish in the river and its tributaries.