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Courtesy / Dane Schumacher

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is calling for public comment on a proposal to remove the term “karst” from its National Handbook of Conservation Practices, regarding sinkholes. Ozarks environmental consultant Dane Schumacher says karst designations are critical to conserving watersheds. The deadline to comment has been extended to Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021.

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A degraded wetland in the White River Watershed in southeast Fayetteville, which is jointly owned by the city and the Watershed Conservation Resource Center, is undergoing ecological restoration.

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Ozarka Natural Spring Water, today packaged in Texas, originated in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Founded in 1879, Eureka Springs was a popular Victorian-era health resort known for its pure mineral springs. The popular spring water was also bottled and shipped across the country, branded as Ozarka Water in 1905. Decades later, a California bottler purchased the Ozarka water brand, moving the bottling works out of state.

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In the first months of his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order rescinding the “Waters of the United States” rule, promulagated by President Barak Obama in 2015 to protect certain streams, wetlands, and groundwater under the Clean Water Act. Now, President Joe Biden has ordered the rule to be reinstated. U.S.

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A new 30-acre whitewater park is coming to the Arkansas-Oklahoma border just south of Siloam Springs. The WOKA Whitewater Park will be constructed on the Illinois River at the site of the old Lake Frances spillway in Oklahoma. It will include a 1,200-foot long, 100-foot wide side channel with eight drop-features to create wave actions for kayakers, surfers and tubers of all skill levels.

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Public comment on revisions and updates to two technical water quality policies, as well as a key regulation, drafted by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality with stakeholder review, is being accepted through the end of this month. Arkansas water quality expert and stakeholder, Teresa Turk, provides critical analysis.

Industrial agriculture has a distinct impact on the environment. According to Mighty Earth, meat production directly contributes to water pollution. Mighty Earth is a national grassroots organization that focuses on environmental issues. The group is holding a rally for clean water on Nov. 30 at the Tyson Headquarters in Springdale as part of the "NWA Clean it Up, Tyson" campaign. 

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Arkansas Water Resources Center is a congress-mandated program housed at the University of Arkansas.  The center funds and facilitates water quality research across the state.   Arkansas Water Resources Center will test your water for you.  For more information on water quality testing, click here.