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KRWP's Newsletter - “Stream Line


Links below are to available back issues of the Kings River Watershed Partnership's membership newsletter - Stream Line. Newletters and other publications are in Adobe Reader PDF format.

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KRWP's “Landowner's Guide To Streamside Living


A resource handbook for property owners and watershed residents was published March 2009. The Kings River Watershed Partnership is proud to offer this guide to assist landowners with the many questions and issues that arise when living and working next to a stream.


Many questions have been asked by property owners and residents at public meetings sponsored by KRWP since 2001. This handbook is a collection of the research completed by the partnership's project coordinator, Shawna Miller. It reflects hundreds of hours of research on rules and regulations, scientific publications, and interviews with public officials. It is an ongoing part of KRWP's mission as a voluntary, educational, non-profit organization.


This guide was funded by the Kings River Watershed Partnership and a grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. Download Complete Handbook (34 MB .pdf)


Table of Contents


Section 1. Rules and Regulations
  • 1.1. Ownership and public use
  • 1.2. Property and stream modifications
  • 1.3. Water quality regulations
  • 1.4. Onsite waste treatment systems
  • 1.5. Floodplain development
  • 1.6. Wildlife regulations


Section 2. The Riverine Ecosystem
  • 2.1. Understanding the stream corridor
  • 2.2.Species found in and along the river


Section 3. Impact of Sediment and Nutrients
  • 3.1. The dirt on dirt
  • 3.2. I thought nutrients were good for you?
  • 3.3. Water quality in the Kings River Watershed


Section 4. Acres Lost: Erosion of Streamside Property
  • 4.0.Stream bank erosion
  • 4.1. Riparian buffer zones
  • 4.2. Restoring riparian buffers to protect an eroding bank
  • 4.3. Engineered streambank restoration
  • 4.4. Financial and technical resources
  • 4.5. Conservation easements


Maps & Reference Guides
  • Map of the Kings River Watershed
  • Access points to the Kings River
  • Plant species for riparian restoration
  • Agency contact information

Voluntary Watershed Plan


This voluntary watershed plan for the Kings River Watershed is a living, breathing document. It is not a static document intended to sit gathering dust on a shelf. It outlines actions that property owners and stakeholders in the watershed can take to address perceived problems. The plan will evolve and change as the vision and interests of concerned citizens change over time.



About the Plan - A series of open public meetings were held in 2003, 2004, and 2005 in Carroll and Madison Counties, on issues impacting the Kings River included presentations on topics such as land development, municipal wastewater treatment, land application of nutrients, stream bank erosion, property rights, water quality testing, septic tanks, and urban impacts. Discussions on these issues generated a wide-ranging list of property owners’ concerns.


Water quality concerns evolved into the beginnings of the process to create a voluntary watershed plan that would give voice to residents determined to maintain local control over streams and develop specific actions to address perceived problems. A grant in July of 2004 from the Upper White River Basin Foundation, a non-profit group from across the state line in Missouri, funded a two-year watershed planner position, filled by watershed resident, Shawna Miller. Her task, at the direction of the KRWP board, was to create a voluntary watershed plan.


The Kings Roundtable, a series of 15 planning meetings involving over 60 watershed stakeholders during 2005, determined the water quality concerns, recommended restoration action strategies, and identified educational curriculum, monitoring programs, and voluntary land use management measures for the plan.


This voluntary watershed plan, completed in Fall 2006, will be used by KRWP to direct and prioritize its activities to improve water quality in the most economically efficient and environmentally effective way possible.