KRWP's “Landowner's Guide To Streamside Living - 2017”
The Kings River Watershed Partnership is proud to offer this updated guide to assist landowners with the many questions and issues that arise when living and working next to a stream. We have made every effort to provide an accurate summary of each issue, but this information should be used only as a guide and not as a substitute for legal council. This guide is specifically written for folks living in the Kings River Watershed located in Northwest Arkansas, but many of the principles could be used for streamside living nationwide. The vast majority of lands in the Kings River Watershed are privately owned, so the decisions that individual landowners make today are extremely important to the long-term health of the watershed.
This resource handbook for property owners and watershed residents was originally published in March 2009. It is a collection of the hundreds of hours of research on rules and regulations, scientific publications, and interviews with public officials, completed by the partnership's former project coordinator, Shawna Miller. It is an ongoing part of KRWP's mission as a voluntary, educational, non-profit organization.
The original creation of this guide was funded by the Kings River Watershed Partnership and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. This updated edition is made possible by members of KRWP and our generous sponsors, as seen in the back of the printed guide. Please visit their businesses and let them know how much you appreciate them!
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Table of Contents
Section 1. Introduction to Our Watershed
- 1.1. Map of the Kings River Watershed
- 1.2. Land Use
- 1.3. Access Points to the Kings River
- 1.4. Recreational Opportunities
Section 2. Rules and Regulations
- 2.1. Ownership and Public Use
- 2.2. Property and Stream Modifications
- 2.3. Onsite Waste Treatment Systems
- 2.4. Wildlife Regulations
- 2.5. Water Quality Regulations
- 2.6. Floodplain Development
- 2.7. Waste Disposal
Section 3. The Riverine Ecosystem
- 3.1. Understanding the Stream Corridor
- 3.2. The Dirt on Dirt
- 3.3. Nutrients: Not All Good?
- 3.4. Species Found In and Along the River
Section 4. Protecting and Restoring Streamside Property
- 4.1. Impact of Erosion on Your Property
- 4.2. Riparian Buffer Zones
- 4.3. Restoring Riparian Buffers to Protect an Eroding Bank
- 4.4. Plant Species for Riparian Restoration
- 4.5. Engineered Streambank Restoration
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