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Water Sustainability in Arkansas

Overlook at Calico Rock, Arkansas | Water Sustainability | Environment & Nature | Arkansas Extension

Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.

Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

The "three pillars" theory (or "Triple Bottom Line") of sustainability accounts for social, environmental, and economic demands, balancing the importance of People, the Planet and Profit.

 

 Farm and Ranch

FSA-1036 Runoff Water Management for Animal Production and Environmental Protection 
FSA-1043 Reducing Mud Problems in Cattle Heavy Use Areas With Coal Combustion By-Products (Fly Ash) (color) 
FSA-1045 Two-Stage Poultry Mortality Composting - Daily Management Is Essential 
FSA-1073 Sprinklers Cool Birds and Conserve Water (color) 
FSA-3021 Water for Beef Cattle
water requirements of beef cattle, properties of the water quality such as salinity and nitrates, and water sources.
FSA-3040 Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle 
FSA-3116 Impact of Conservation Tillage Practices on Winter Wheat Production for Grazing Stocker Cattle 
FSA-3128 Watering Systems for Cattle Ponds 
FSA-3129 Strategies for Livestock Management in Riparian Zones in Arkansas
what riparian zones are, how they are connected to water quality, and how livestock can be managed to maintain productive riparian zones.
FSA-4021 Quantity and Quality of Water for Dairy Cattle 
FSA-9518 Environmental Issues for Small Swine Farmers
describes the differences between CAFO and AFO, and lists issues for small swine farming such as water pollution, proximity to neighbors, and space requirement.
FSA-9527 Best Management Practices for Livestock Farms
what BMPs are, how they are developed, considerations pertaining to livestock farms, and a list of several different types of BMPs.
FSA-9530 Grazing Management Affects Runoff Water Quality and Forage Yield (color) 
MP375 Beef Cattle Management for Water Quality Protection in Arkansas 
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) | University of Arkansas System | Division of Agriculture Nutrient Management at UAEX.edu | Water Quality | Water |  Environment & Nature

FSA-1012 Drainage for Wheat Production
drainage methods pertaining to wheat crops, including surface smoothing, drain furrows, precision grading, and ditches.
MP192 Arkansas Rice Production Handbook - Chapter 9: Water Management
water needs, pump flow and cost, various types of irrigation and water delivery, and a list of critical water management situations.
MP197 Arkansas Soybean Production Handbook - Chapter 6: Drainage
drainage and tillage.
YouTube ArExtension Irrigation Efficiency | Arkansas Soybean Podcast
with Mike Daniels, Professor, Extension Water Quality and Nutrient Management
YouTube ArExtension Soybean Irrigation Information | Arkansas Soybean Podcast
with Mike Daniels, Professor, Extension Water Quality and Nutrient Management
YouTube ArExtension Tailwater Recovery System Advantages | Arkansas Soybean Podcast
with Mike Daniels, Professor, Extension Water Quality and Nutrient Management
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) | University of Arkansas System | Division of Agriculture Irrigation at UAEX.edu | Water |  Environment & Nature
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) | University of Arkansas System | Division of Agriculture Nutrient Management at UAEX.edu | Water Quality | Water |  Environment & Nature

FSA-5026 Riparian Buffers: Functions and Values
definition and functions of riparian buffers, including buffering and filtering, ecosystem services, wildlife habitat, and how riparian buffers can increase property value.
FSA-5027 Riparian Buffers: Types and Establishment Methods
types of riparian buffers, including grass, three-zone and two-zone forest, wildlife, urban, and naturalized, as well as how to establish a riparian buffer.
FSA-9098 Best Management Practices for Waterbirds on Agricultural Lands
general waterbird information and descriptions of related BMPs such as nutrient management, conservation buffers, and many more.
MP483 Wildlife Habitat Management for Arkansas Landowners

MP499 A Riparian Area Assessment Guide for Streamside Landowners
definitions and information on Stream*A*Syst and Stream*A*Syst Action Plans, as well as goals of streambank and riparian area management.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), has provided funding for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, to integrate the efforts of the Arkansas Discovery Farms and the Arkansas Soil Health Alliance. Our goal is to educate a statewide network of participants through a series of no-cost virtual research-based, interactive demonstrations and educational experiences.

This series of Soil & Water Conservation Virtual Field Trips (VFTs), focuses on the conservation benefits our researchers have developed with respect to water quality, irrigation water use, climate change, soil health, profitability and sustainability through their partnership with farmers on selected farms including some farmers involved in the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program. 

At no cost to high school science teachers, lesson guides that meet the Arkansas Department of Education's Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework are created and made available for this series.

Check out our Virtual Field Trip    page to access free lesson guides and register for upcoming VFTs.

 

Home & Garden 

FSA-9520 Home Water Conservation
numerous household tips to conserve home water use both indoors and outdoors, as well as a list of drought-resistant landscape plants.
 FSFCS01  Keep Food and Water Safe During Power Outages and Floods
food and water safety before and after floods and power outages.
 FSFCS21 Safe Medicine Disposal in Arkansas
MP292 Improving Home Water Quality
home water testing, common home water quality issues and treatments.
YouTube ArExtension Pet Waste Management to Protect Water Quality
with John Pennington, Washington County Extension Agent

Arkansas Water Sustainability - Rain BarrelsA rain barrel on your property can be a fun and rewarding opportunity!

Rain barrels are storage containers placed in areas where runoff flows from impervious surfaces during a rainfall event, such as a roof gutter outflow point.

The stored water in the rain barrel can then serve specific purposes. For example, you can use rain barrel water to irrigate your home garden and flower beds or wash your car..

Rain barrels can be purchased relatively inexpensively (less than $100) from home improvement stores, or you can even construct your own.

FSA-9534 Building Rain Barrels to Harvest Rainwater (color) 
YouTube ArExtension How to Build a Rain Barrel to Protect Water Quality
with John Pennington, Washington County Extension Agent
YouTube ARextension Using Rain Barrels to Protect Water Quality
with John Pennington, Washington County Extension Agent

 FSA-9532 Understanding Nutrient Management Laws for Turf Grass, Lawn Care and Landscaping (color)
YouTube ARextension Smart Landscape Irrigation - Sprinkler Evaporation
with Mark Brown, Pulaski County Extension Agent
YouTube ARextension Smart Landscape Irrigation - Sprinkler Maintenance
with Mark Brown, Pulaski County Extension Agent
YouTube ARextension Irrigation Technology Presentation
with Mark Brown, Pulaski County Extension Agent

 

Stormwater

FSA-5029 Forests and Urban Stormwater
stormwater problems related to forest ecosystems and how trees can be incorporated into urban areas to improve stormwater management.
ETB259 Assessment of Storm Water Runoff Issues in Pine Bluff, White Hall, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Jefferson County
survey of outdoor home water use and its effect on local water quality with results and overview of the EPA's Phase II Final Rule.
University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture | Cooperative Extension Service Stormwater Education webpage
Water Quality | Environment and Nature | Arkansas Extension
Facebook icon Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education
Partnership between Cooperative Extension Service and city and county governments in Benton and Washington Counties to carry out education, outreach, participation, pollution prevention and good housekeeping.
Facebook icon Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education
Partnership between Cooperative Extension Service and city and county governments in Jefferson County to carry out education, outreach, participation, pollution prevention and good housekeeping.
YouTube ArExtension Protecting Water Quality from Stormwater Runoff
with John Pennington, Washington County Extension Agent

FSA-9533 Rain Gardens and Stormwater
what a rain garden is, what the environmental benefits are, how they are constructed, and a list of native Arkansas plants for rain gardens.
University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture | Cooperative Extension Service Rain Gardens webpage
Water Conservation | Environment and Nature | Arkansas Extension
Adobe PDF Harvest the Sky with Rain Gardens
(by Katie Teague) general concept of rain gardens, what they are, how they work, and how they are built.
Adobe PDF Plants for Rain Gardens
(by Janet Carson) arrangement of plants in a rain garden and lists of native and non-native plant species suitable for rain gardens.
Adobe PDF Rain Garden Maintenance
(by Mark Brown) top ten maintenance needs of a rain garden.
YouTube ARextension How to Build a Rain Garden to Protect Water Quality
with John Pennington, Washington County Extension Agent
YouTube ARextension Using Rain Gardens to Protect Water Quality
with John Pennington, Washington County Extension Agent
Northwest Arkansas Storm Water Project Potential Rain Garden Native Plant Selections for Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Storm Water Project Rain Gardens...Capture the Flow and Watch it Grow
definition and benefits of a rain garden and guide to creating your own.
Illinois River Watership Partnership Illinois River Watershed Partnership: Rain Gardens

 

Links

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) Electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG)
Primary scientific references containing technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) - Water Division Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) - Water Division
ADEQ strives to protect and enhance the state's environment through regulatory programs, proactive programs and educational activities.
Arklansas State Plant Board (ASPB Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB)
The Plant Board regulates products and services such as seed, feed, fertilizer, pesticides, weights and measures, petroleum, honeybees, plant pests, nurseries and pest control services.
ArkansasWater.org ArkansasWater.org
Administered by AACD, this website compiles and shares water quality information and resources.
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education | Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) | USDA
SARE grants and education program has advanced agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities.
Southern Regional Water Program | Arkansas Southern Regional Water Program | Arkansas
Representing 13 states within the EPA's regions 4 and 6, the Southern Region of the NIFA National Integrated Water Quality Program makes research, education, and Extension resources more accessible to Federal, State, and local water resources improvement efforts.
United States Geological Survey (USGS) - Arkansas United States Geological Survey (USGS) | Arkansas
The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and usable information.

Public Policy Center | Arkansas Extension UAEX Public Policy Center
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) | University of Arkansas System | Division of Agriculture Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) - Division of Agriculture | University of Arkansas System
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.
Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Dept (CSES) | Bumpers College | University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Dept - Bumpers College | University of Arkansas at 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) Arkansas Water Resources Center (AWRC)
AWRC operates the Water Quality Laboratory located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Arkansas Conservation Partnership (ACP)Serving the south-central and southwest regions of Arkansas, the The Arkansas Conservation Partnership (ACP) is a unique force, combining the strengths of federal, state and local organizations along with educational institutions, to help preserve and protect The Natural State. 

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.

The six most important natural resource issues the Partnership focuses on are:

  • water resources
  • land resource management
  • conservation education and outreach
  • forestry health
  • Farm Bill implementation
  • community development

 

Additional information may be found at the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA).

Members of The Arkansas Conservation Partnership:

Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) | University of Arkansas System | Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service - Water Sustainability
Conservation research and education is coordinated by Dr. Mike Daniels, Professor of Environmental Quality and Nutrient Management on behalf of the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture.
University of Arkansas | Pine Bluff University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
With an emphasis on rural development, the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) strives to help improve the quality of life for people in Arkansas, the nation, and the world. The Office of International Programs, within SAFHS, is vital to achieving global effectiveness and success.
 Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD)
Conservation districts are local governments at work and their specific responsibility is management of our soil and water resources.
Arkansas Association of Conservation District Employees (AACDE) Arkansas Association of Conservation District Employees (AACDE)
AACDE is a district employee organization operated by the district employees with the support and approval of individual district boards. AACDE is affiliated with AACD and works with its partner agencies to promote conservation programs and agendas.
Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc. (RC&D) Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc. (RC&D)
RC&D is a rural development effort of the USDA providing tools and technical support to stabilize and grow local communities while protecting and developing natural resources.  There are 7 RC&D areas which cover the entire state of Arkansas.
Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC)
AFC works with agencies, organizations and residents to prevent and suppress wildfires, control forest insects and disease, grow and distribute trees, and gather and disseminate information concerning the growth, use and renewal of forests.
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC)
ANRC establishes policy and makes funding and regulatory decisions relative to soil conservation, nutrient management, water rights, dam safety and water resources planning and development.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) | Arkansas | USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Arkansas | USDA
NRCS is a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change.



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