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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.

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Nicole Hardiman, director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership headquartered in Cave Springs, discusses recent changes by the Trump administration to historic federal environmental policies, as well as how her organization has managed to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Last Sunday, members of Temple Shalom observed Tu b’Shevat, to celebrate the “New Year of the Trees.” Rabbi Jacob Adler provides both ancient and contemporary historical context, and Torah instructor Miriam Klinzing guides us through the Tu b’Shevat seder, or ritual feast in honor of this Jewish Arbor Day.

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We meet Otto the Otter, a six-foot mascot that is helping deliver anti-littering messages for Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

A measure to encourage independent solar energy installation and generation in Arkansas has passed the state legislature. The Solar Access Act was passed on March 12. We hear from the bill's lead sponsor and from an environmental advocate.

KUAF Arts Beat: A Rising Wave in the Ozarks

Oct 23, 2018

When obtrusive buildings encroached on Anne Reichardt's view outside her home in Fayetteville, the artist turned frustration into inspiration. 

The structures, she says, were just a strip along the sprawling green land and she immediately invisioned a piece of white paper along the horizon. Gradually she began to play with the idea of how she could make a privacy screen into a work of art. Then a spark. 

There have been few new government-led environmental regulations passed in recent years. But private interests are creating their own regulations. During a symposium on the University of Arkansas campus in October, Michael Vandenbergh, co-director of the Vanderbilt Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, addressed the topic. He also came to the Carver Center for Public Radio to talk further about the topic.

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. 


The annual Arkansas Law Review Symposium Friday will examine environmental sustainability and private governance. The symposium, open to the public, is at the University of Arkansas Law School Friday from 8:30 to 5:30.

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The new nonprofit Arkansas Environmental Defense Alliance (AEDA) aims to preserve and enhance Arkansas’s natural resources through political and legal means, and by assisting local environmental groups to meet their goals. The Alliance has been under wraps for several years but will publicly come out Oct. 27th at the Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit sponsored by Arkansas Public Policy Panel in Little Rock.