Water quality

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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.


Mineral asbestos, a hazardous material, was commonly used in the mid-20th century for commercial and industrial purposes, including to manufacture concrete amalgam municipal and domestic drinking water and wastewater pipes. In many older towns and cities, remnant sections of deteriorating asbestos-cement pipelines remain in place and Fayetteville is no exception.

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Leaves are falling across the Ozarks, and rather than bagging them up or composting, certain urban property owners, rake and blow leaves into streets to be washed away by rains. But all those dead leaves can impair drainage systems as well as water quality, says Trish Ouei, Extension Service Urban Stormwater Education Program director for Washington and Benton Counties.

courtesy: University of Arkansas

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.

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The Kings River Watershed Partnership, the very first nonprofit watershed organization to form on the Arkansas Ozarks, has worked to document, clean and preserve the Kings River and its tributaries in Carroll and Madison Counties for more than 15 years. We visit the Kings River to assess the group’s accomplishments.

Drinking Water Week

May 3, 2016

This week is National Drinking Water Week and organizations around the country are asking people to consider what comes out of their faucet.

MUSIC: "Lorge" El Ten Eleven

Christina Karnatz

Four times each year, volunteer teams with StreamSmart, a program of Ozarks Water Watch, head out for a series of tests at various stream locations in the NWA area of the White River Basin. We accompany team ABLE as they perform their tasks at Clifty Creek. The data they collect goes into the annual "Status of the Watershed Report."

Jacqueline Froelich

"Waters of the United States," a new federal clean water rule was finalized in late May. The regulation, experts say, ensures waters protected under the Clean Water Act are precisely defined, allowing ease of permitting for business and industry. But agriculturalists and industry claim the rule is murky at best and want to see it drown. We gather perspectives from an Ozarks watershed conservationist and Farm Bureau environmentalist.

Jacqueline Froelich

Arkansas is the first state in the South to pass a nutrient water quality trading law. But as Jacqueline Froelich reports, there are still lots of valves and spigots to adjust. 

The Beaver Water District's most recent State of the Lake Report analyzes data from 2013.

MUSIC: "Triangle Face" by El Ten Eleven