EDUCATION/ACTION

Stream Teams

The Arkansas Stream Team program enables concerned citizens to become involved in stream and watershed conservation through education, advocacy and stewardship. Stream team members receive training in water-quality monitoring, stream bank maintenance, and restoration techniques.  As stewards, Stream Team members participate in and support projects such as litter control, stream-bank stabilization, and stream side tree plantings, improvement of fish and wildlife habitat, and water-quality monitoring.Friends of the Rivers wants to ...

Recycling - Here's the Why, How and Where

Why Recycle?Landfills:   Recycling reduces landfill requirements.  Landfills are expensive to operate and difficult to maintain in an environmentally safe manner.  This is particularly true in a karst area such as we have in this area. Glass is 100% recyclable, but in a landfill it will never decompose. Aluminum is 100% recyclable, but an aluminum can takes 200 to 500 years to decompose. Plastics take 500 years to decompose. More than 60% of what Americans now discard in landfills could be recycled instead.Air Quality: ...

Drug Take-Back Day - Saturday, April 29

Take action this weekend – “National Drug Take-Back Day”  Saturday April 29, 2017 – 10AM to 2PMThe National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the “National Take-Back Day” Saturday, April 29 in an effort to removed unwanted, unused, and potentially dangerous controlled substances and over the count...

Better Unpaved Roads for Nature and People

Partners Organize to Improve Roads for Nature and PeopleMany of the best places in Arkansas can only be reached by leaving the pavement. Dirt and gravel roads are the transportation backbone for rural communities and for many industries in Arkansas, including forestry, row crop agriculture, ranching and energy. They are also our connection to hunting, fishing, boating and hiking in the wild places we love.Although we rely heavily on unpaved roads, they can wash tons of harmful sediment into the very streams, rivers and lakes we love to visit an...

Why do River Clean-Ups?

Why do River Cleanups…According to American Rivers, millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers and streams every year from litter on the ground and illegal dump sites. Trash is more than just an eyesore; it can contaminate your drinking water and threaten the lives of all who depend on it. Whether it is run-off, sewage overflow, gas drilling, or invasive species, folks who experience a stream or river first hand then want to know “what else can I do” after the cleanup is over. By partnering with American Rivers during the N...

Volunteer! - You Make a Difference

Be the eyes and ears of the watershed. Report what you have learned or experienced, good or bad, to a board member.     ADEQ website link https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/complaints/Write  a story and submit your photos.  Send to riverfriend@friendsoftherivers.org Attend Friends forums and other conferences concerning water quality. There are many. Check our calendar.    url for the events pages http://friendsoftherivers.org/events/home/ Help us clean up! The Crooked Creek cleanup and float is scheduled each ...

Video - Non Point Source Pollution

Here is a short video that offers exampes of nonpoint source pollution along with ideas on how can you help control it.White River Regional Solid Waste Management District has some very helpful information about dealing with trash and solid waste....

Web of Life

All living things are dependent on energy for survival.  All energy is derived from the sun and is passed on in the food eating relationships of organisms in a community.  In the Web of Life activity highlighting the  “Aquatic Food Web” students work with images of multiple species that compose the aquatic ecosystem and discuss the interrelationships.  Contact riverfriend@friendsoftherivers.org for assistance in planning programs…...

Enviroscape Model

We all live in a watershed with water pollution comes from many sources. Nonpoint sources contribute a great deal to the pollution in our water bodies. The combined effect of pollution from many small sources can have a real impact on the quality of our shared water resources.This EnviroScape Watershed/Nonpoint Source model teaches an overall watershed concept. Two waterways flow into a larger water body, which is representative of a lake, river, bay, or ocean. The kit contains everything needed to demonstrate the movement of water through a wa...

What is Karst?

What is Karst and What Does It Mean to Our Geography?The Ozark region is a karst topography characterized by sinkholes, caves, underground streams and aquifers that supply our wells and springs. Sinkholes – natural surface depressions or drainage points – serve to conduct surface water to underground passages. The comparatively rapid transmission of groundwater flow through sinkholes in karst provides little opportunity for natural filtering or other purifying effects. As a result, surface pollutants rapidly enter our ground water polluting...

Caring for Streambanks

Caring for Stream BanksThe vegetation growing along a stream bank is known as a riparian zone. Riparian zones play an integral role in protecting water quality and ecological integrity and diversity. They provide shade and food for aquatic habitat and trap and break down pesticides, fertilizers and other pollutants. Even partial removal can lead to severe erosion. Protection of stream side vegetation is critical to protecting our streams.Keep Riparian Zones at Appropriate SizeThe recommended size of a riparian zone depends on soil type; topogra...

Conserve Water

Friends Focus priority education focus promotes understanding the characteristics of karst, caring for streambanks and conserving water.CONSERVE WATER:Prevent overworking your system. Fix leaky faucets. Run only full loads in washing machine & dishwasher. Shorten shower time (2 minutes less=700 gallons/month).MAINTAIN SEPTIC SYSTEMS:Inspect every 1-3 years.Pump the holding tank out every 3-5 years to remove sludge and scum.Repair or replace malfunctioning or outdated septic systems.TRASH, DON’T FLUSH:Pharmaceutical products.&nb...

Friends Offers Scholarships

Realizing that healthy rivers mean healthy communities, Friends of the Rivers is dedicated to the education of  young adults and others who will serve as citizens to assure water quality by working in water policy and the management of our natural resources in the near future. Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers has established two (2) $1000, annual scholarships at Arkansas State Univerity, Mountain Home.  Eligible recipients must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the Department of Life Sciences. Preference wi...

Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

EPA announces the availability of the final report "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence" in a January 15, 2015 Federal Register Notice. The purpose of this report is to summarize the current understanding about the connectivity and mechanisms by which streams and wetlands affect the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of downstream waters. The report reviews more than 1,200 peer-reviewed publications and summarizes current scientific understanding about the connec...

Stream Bank Restoration

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Revegetation

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