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Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Program

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What is the NWA Urban Stormwater Education Program?

Eighteen Northwest Arkansas cities, Benton and Washington counties, and the University of Arkansas are partnering with the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and the NWA Regional Planning Commission on a regional approach to stormwater management. Both EPA and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality have recognized the collaborative NWA Urban Stormwater Education Program as an innovative and effective pollution prevention education effort to help protect the region's water resources.

Arkansas Stormwater Education

When it rains, snows or sleets in Arkansas, where does that water go? Does it soak into the ground? Does it sit in puddles until it evaporates? The water actually does both of those things, but some of the water will also flow over the land surface, heading downhill to the nearest ditch or stream. This is called stormwater runoff.

In Arkansas cities and towns, the water cannot soak in through the pavement, rooftops, and concrete like it can into the soil. This means that there's more stormwater runoff in cities and that in forests and fields. The water flows off impervious surfaces such as driveways, rooftops, sidewalks, and parking lots, and usually flows straight into a storm drain. These openings along roads and in parking lots connect to pipes which carry the water directly to your local stream or lake. 


 Litter Clean-up Thank You

Where does litter come from?

More than 50% of litter found near water comes from disposable plastic packaging from food and beverage-related goods (things like plastic cups, bottles, straws, utensils, and stirrers). This waste finds its way to waterways through the storm drain system and starts with people carelessly disposing of waste.  

But you can be part of the solution by preventing waste from ending up in our streams, rivers and lakes, by
1) not letting trash blow out of your truck,
2) throwing away away waste in a trash can, or
3) making sure the lids on your trashcan stay closed or putting trash into a dumpster.
You can also try to avoid using single-use plastic by using re-usable utensils, cups and straws!

More than 50% of litter comes from plasticLearn more about where litter comes on EPA's Sources of Aquatic Trash page


Know the Flow

Stormwater flows untreated down our streets and drains directly to local creeks. Thanks for doing your part to keep it free of trash and other pollutants such as pet waste, chemicals, auto fluids, fertilizers and yard waste.


For more about what the NWA Urban Stormwater Education Program does download a copy of our

2017 Annual Program Efforts.