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Big Creek Research and Extension Team releases 2016 Q1 report

By Dave Edmark
U of A System Division of Agriculture
April 14, 2016 

Fast facts:

  • Readings cover water quality in stream near major hog farm
  • Report is latest of series now in third year of study

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LITTLE ROCK – The latest quarterly report by the Big Creek Research and Extension Team is online as the group continues its third year of monitoring the water quality in the area near C&H Hog Farms near Mount Judea. 

The report covering January through March 2016 is available at The report includes weekly base flow and periodic storm flow readings from water samples above and below the farm. It also includes readings from other nearby ground water sources. 

Andrew Sharpley, professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has led a team since September 2013 analyzing water samples for the presence of E. coli, nitrates, phosphorus and suspended solids. The sampling activity is funded through June 30, pending renewal of funding for additional testing. Sharpley said he hopes the project can be funded for at least five years to accurately assess the farm’s long-term effects on Big Creek.  

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