From the UA Extension Office

Have you ever wondered where all the water goes after the rain ends? Or where your community’s storm sewers or drainage ditches lead?

The answer is your local creek, river or lake. When turning on a faucet, most Arkansans have no doubt that clean water will spill out, but not nearly enough people know the source of that water or existing concerns about their community’s water quality.

Residents and business owners in Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Van Buren and Yell counties are invited to learn more about water quality at a Feb. 5, 2014, workshop at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is hosting the free workshop in the Lake Conway-Point Remove watershed to explain why water quality matters and what residents can do at the local level to improve the health of their waterways.

Nearly two-thirds of Arkansas’ 75 counties are home to impaired watersheds. Rivers end up on the state’s impaired list because of human activities, erosion problems, and in some cases, we don’t know the cause.

The one-day workshop will touch on the science behind watersheds and on how residents can go about starting a watershed group. The program will explain basic concepts, such as what is a watershed and what activities have the potential to harm

By the end of the workshop, participants will be considered an Arkansas Watershed Steward – a person who knows more about local water concerns and how local actions can affect water quality.

The workshop is open to the public, although reserving a spot by Feb.3 is encouraged. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact your local county agent or call 501-671-2160 to RSVP.