EPA Issues New Water Quality Model for Illinois River Watershed

Oct 27, 2015

Delia Haak, Executive Director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, stands on a bridge inside the Cave Springs Sanctuary.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new water quality modeling program for the Illinois River Watershed which spans northwest Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma. Portions of the river are impaired. But after years of conflict, Arkansas and Oklahoma are now cooperating to clean it up. We talk with EPA about the model, as well as key stakeholders in Arkansas and Oklahoma.