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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 the 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

What is stormwater runoff? 

sprinkler on a lawn creating water pooling in the street
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, don’t set it and forget it. Check your irrigation for excessive watering or misdirection of spray onto streets and sidewalks.

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.

Why is stormwater education important?

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 than 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.

Is Toxic Algae an issue in Arkansas ponds?

People are asking if Arkansans should be worried about their pets and livestock being poisoned by toxins released by algae. The short answer is: possibly.

Read this article to find out more about harmful algae blooms and what you can do to protect your ponds.

What Can Homeowners do to Reduce the Impact of Runoff?

Are you irrigating or irritating?

If you have an automatic system, don’t set it and forget it. Check your irrigation for excessive watering or misdirection of spray onto streets and sidewalks. Look for over-saturated ares that might indicate leaks. Any time water moves across the sidewalk or street, it can carry pollutants into a storm drain. Knowing your system can reduce runoff and save you money! 

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.


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