KRWP On The Radio
KRWP board member Lin Wellford was interviewed by Jaqueline Froelich on the "Ozarks At Large" program on radio station KUAF. The interview covered KRWP's role as the first watershed group founded in the Arkansas Ozarks and it's 15-year history of work to educate, clean, and protect the remarkable resource we call the Kings River.
Earth Day Kings River Cleanup Big Success!
The Kings River Watershed Partnership Madison County river cleanup on April 16th was a great success. Special thanks to the sixteen paddlers participating and a member of the partnership who allowed access to the river.
Also a big thanks to Kings River Outfitters for their help with shuttles and to the Madison County Recycling Center.
Two groups recovered a total of 81 tires, 500 pounds of metal, and a large pickup load of trash.
This was the twenty-first river cleanup held by the Kings River Watershed Partnership.
Our next cleanup will be on Saturday, June 4th in Carroll County. If you would like to join us, meet at the Hwy. 143 Grandview bridge at 8 am sharp. The cleanup will be followed by a cookout with door prizes and live music.
Explore the beautiful scenery along the Kings River in your very own 9.5' Perception Kayak. Packrat Outdoor Center of Fayetteville has generously donated this watercraft for the winner of this year's raffle.
Support the educational and scientific work of the Kings River Watershed Partnership and enjoy your next river experience by purchasing a raffle ticket at Mane Street Salon in Green Forest, Eye Q Optical in Berryville. Tickets are $3 each, or 4 for $10. You will also be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate from Ozark Mountain Trading Company in Rogers.
Summer Cleanup - June 4th
The Kings River Watershed Partnership will hold it's 2016 Carroll County summer river cleanup on Saturday June 4th. If you would like to join us, meet at the Grandview bridge at 8 am sharp. Bring your boat and a sack lunch. A cook-out and doorprizes with live music will follow. For more info and directions, check the web site as cleanup date approaches or call Ray at 870-654-4134.
Report from this year's KRWP Annual Membership Meeting
Thirty seven people attended this year's annual meeting on March 31st at the Berryville Community Center. Ron Flake welcomed everyone, with the first order of business being the election of board member nominees. Mike Fitzpatrick conducted the election of the three nominees presented by the board: Ron Flake, Ray Warren, and Troy Cline. No other nominees were submitted by our members and votes were cast all in favor of the nominees, no one opposed.
Board Members present: Ron Flake, president; Troy Cline, Vice President ; Mike Fitzpatrick, treasurer; Glenda Allison, secretary; Lin Wellford, Ray Warren, Kyle Hunnicutt, and Gray Squires. Jack McCullough was unable to attend.
Our guest speaker was Tim Snell of The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Snell presented a very interesting program, giving background on TNC in our area and information about future projects they plan to do. His slideshow program showed in detail the restoration of a seriously eroded river bank at Mason Bend on the Kings River. Mr. Snell stressed the importance of the extraordinary resource waterway designation assigned to the Kings River. He made the point that we who live here, who use and love the river have to help to keep the Kings clean to keep this designation.
Ray Warren spoke about water quality and our testing program. He was happy to tell the group that the upper Kings has been taken off the ADEQ's 303d impaired water list. It had been listed for being too high in total dissolved solids (TDS). However the lower Kings remains on the impaired waters list. Mike Fitzpatrick provided an overview of the newspaper articles that KRWP has submitted this past year, which are archived on this website.
Lin reported on our group's participation in Fur Fest and ADEQ's Water Conference that was held in Eureka Springs. She also talked about ways to report changes or concerns noticed on the river. This can help with the stewardship we all share. Glenda Allison spoke about the watershed educational classes Shawna Miller has taught for us at both Eureka Springs and Berryville, middle and high schools. Shawna was unable to attend the meeting.
Thanks to all for contributing to a very informative annual meeting!