Water in Arkansas
The majority of the Earth's surface is composed of water.
"In fact, approximately three-fourths of the Earth's surface is covered by water. However, most of the water in the world is unavailable for use, as 97.5 percent is saltwater and 1.75 percent is stored frozen in ice caps and glaciers.
This leaves us with less than 1 percent of liquid fresh water found in lakes, streams and underground aquifers. For this single reason, wise planning, use and conservation of our limited water resources is essential."
(quote from Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's AG1290 - Arkansas Watershed Steward Handbook)
Farm & Ranch Water Resources
Arkansas Discovery Farms
This working farm model from the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture assesses Best Management Practices (BMPs) related to water conservation and reduction of nutrient and sediment loss.
Home & Garden Water Resources
Water Conservation at Home
The 40 Gallon Challenge
This program raises awareness of water use and encourages water conservation on an individual level.
Division of Agriculture Resources
- 2011-2015 Strategic Plan for the Division of Agriculture
Learn more about the environmental and sustainable issues identified as priorities for the Division of Agriculture's Research and Extension.
- Arkansas Water Sustainability Blog
Find the latest sustainability news affecting Arkansas; maintained by Dr. Mike Daniels, Professor of Environmental Quality and Nutrient Management.
- Public Policy Center | Cooperative Extension Service
The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with timely, credible, unbiased and research-based information and education about public issues. Water-related issues include Arkansas Watersheds and Stormwater Education.
- Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES)
AAES is the primary research support agency for Arkansas farmers and ranchers, food processors, related industries and consumers. Research topics include families, communities and natural resources associated with Arkansas agriculture.
- Dept. of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science | University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
CSES faculty research involves primarily agricultural interests in providing food and fiber, but faculty also research problems affecting communities and environmental concerns.
- Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC)
AWRC operates the Water Quality Laboratory located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- The Arkansas Conservation Partnership (ACP)
The Partnership promotes a conservation ethic to enhance the ability of its members to serve rural and urban communities and strives to more effectively assist private landowners in meeting the conservation challenges of the 21st century. Partnership members include:
Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service - Water Sustainability
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD)
Arkansas Association of Conservation District Employees (AACDE) Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc. (RC&D)
Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC)
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Arkansas