Links to More Information
Links below are to a variety of sources for information on watersheds and related issues. It is by no means a complete list of resources. It will grow and change over time. This list includes a brief description of some governmental, non-governmental, public, and private sources for increasing your knowledge. Like any other resources on the web, it is best to gather information from many sources and points of view to become an informed citizen. Please contact the webmaster if any links are bad or if you have found additional web resources that you would like to see added to this list.
AR Water Resources Center, University of Arkansas
The AWRC is a water research institution located at the U of A in Fayetteville. This center conducts water research, promotes the dissemination and application of research results, and provides training for scientists. The greatest feature of this website is a database of most of the AWRC publications (all will be available online eventually). This is an indispensable resource for local research of water related topics.
The Arkansas chapter of the National Audubon Society with a local office in Fayetteville. Audubon’s mission includes restoration and protection of watersheds and other habitats important to birds and other wildlife, citizen involvement in science and habitat protection, environmental education for young people, and public outreach and education.
County Conservation Districts
Conservation Districts are political subdivisions of the State of Arkansas which were created by a popular vote of resident landowners to keep decision making on soil and water conservation matters at the local level. Web site includes list of Board members for each district and a calendar of events.
U of A Cooperative Extension Service
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties the faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information on topics such as agriculture, home gardening, nutrition, and natural resources. Much of this research is available on the web site.
Ozark Natural Science Center
An educational center located in the Bear Hollow Natural Area. This facility is dedicated to teaching students about the natural environment of the Ozarks. It has a variety of programs for all ages, both during the school year and during the summer.
Madison County Wildlife Management Area
Wildlife area owned by the AR Game and Fish Commission which encompasses over 14,000 acres, located around the upper reaches of the Kings River. This area was purchased primarily as a hunting area,but offers numerous hiking and horseback riding trails, scenic views, and other outdoor opportunities.
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James River Watershed Partnership
A grassroots, not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization which formed in 1997 as a project of Southwest Missouri resource conservation and development to improve and protect the springs, streams, rivers, and lakes of the James River Watershed in Southwest Missouri.
Upper White River Basin Foundation
The 501(c)(3) foundation was begun in 2002 by a group of business and civic leaders to address the problem of decreasing water quality along the upper White River in Missouri and Arkansas. Their Mission: "With your help we will work together to make Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals lakes the four cleanest manmade lakes in North America."
Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc.
A single purpose organization dedicated to maintain and improve the water quality of Table Rock lake.
North Fork and White Rivers, Inc.
An Arkansas non-profit organization devoted to creating a forum where individuals, groups, and governmental agencies can come together and work together to preserve, restore and enhance the North Fork and White Rivers. This group is based on Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
ADEQ sets and enforces regulations in Arkansas related to industrial emission, solid waste, hazardous waste, regulated storage tanks, and mining to protect the quality of the environment. The Water Division of ADEQ is responsible for the monitoring Arkansas’ lakes and rivers, permitting and monitoring all water discharge, and an education and outreach program for water related topics.
Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services
This department provides technical assistance, analytical services, training, regulation, and public education for the purpose of ensuring that public water systems provide adequate quantities of safe, palatable water and that community sewerage systems dispose of domestic wastes in a safe manner.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
The AGFC is responsible for managing all of the fish and wildlife resources of Arkansas, while providing maximum enjoyment for the people. This website includes information about hunting and fishing seasons and permitting, Arkansas wildlife and recreational areas, and conservation and educational resources such as AR Stream Team.
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
The ANHC is a division of the AR Dept. of Heritage. Their mission is to identify and protect remaining high quality natural communities and maintain information on the distribution and status of the rare plant and animal species that live within the state. The website provides information on Natural Areas within the Kings River Watershed (Bear Hollow, Kings River Falls, Sweden Creek Falls) and a database of local flora and fauna.
Arkansas Natural Resource Commission
Formerly the AR Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Their Water Management Division is responsible for floodplain management, groundwater protection and management, non-point source pollution management, the wetland and riparian zone tax credit program, and the AR Wetland Mitigation Bank program. The ANRC is also responsible for nutrient management programs, water and wastewater grants, and is the umbrella for the state’s local conservation districts.
Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group
AWAG was formed to assist interested citizens and organizations by promoting local voluntary approaches to watershed management and conservation. This website includes information on watershed activities around the state, funding opportunities, and many other watershed resources.
National Park Service – Buffalo National River
The NPS is charged with managing the 40 national parks and monuments existing in the United States. This website gives information about the Buffalo National River, located just south of the Kings River Watershed. The park offers many recreational opportunities.
Natural Resources Conservation Service - AR
The NRCS is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources. Their website offers information on programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program, the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, Wetland Reserve Program, Farmland Protection Program, and Forestry Incentives Program.
United States Army Corps of Engineers
The USACE works in the fields of water infrastructure, environmental management and restoration, response to natural and manmade disasters, and engineering and technical services to federal and state agencies. This agency is also authorized to issue permits for the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States at specified disposal sites under the guidelines of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Little Rock District - District that encompasses the Kings River Watershed.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA enforces federal clean water and safe drinking water laws, provides support for municipal wastewater treatment plants, and takes part in pollution prevention efforts aimed at protecting watersheds and sources of drinking water. The Agency’s website includes information on both regulatory and voluntary programs.
EPA Region 7
Division of the EPA responsible for Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and 9 Tribal Nations.
EPA Region 6
Division of the EPA responsible for Louisiana, Arkansas,Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and 55 Tribes.
United States Geological Survey - AR
The USGS is the principal federal agency for providing hydrologic information. This website offers databases on ground-water site inventory, ground water levels, surface water stream flow, water quality, and water use. Interactive maps, historic and current flow, and hundreds of scientific reports are also available.