UACES Facebook Workshop will focus on phosphorus removal in Illinois River watershed

Workshop will focus on phosphorus removal in Illinois River watershed

Fast Facts:

    • Phosphorus removal structures provide landscape filters to protect streams and lakes.
    • Structures reuse industrial byproducts to improve water quality.
    • Workshop will explain the applications of phosphorus removal structures in Illinois River watershed.

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Workshop will focus on phosphorus removal in Illinois River watershed

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Illinois River Watershed Partnership will hold a field day May 29 to demonstrate the use of phosphorus removal structures to improve water quality in the watershed.

The field day and workshop will be held at the Watershed Learning Center at 221 S. Main St. in Cave Springs. The program is designed for agricultural and other landowners who can use the structures to remove dissolved phosphorus in rain runoff from areas of high phosphorus soil content.

Phosphorus removal structures use industrial byproducts that are typically disposed of in landfills. These include materials produced during drinking water treatment, power generation and steel production that can absorb phosphorus from passing water.

The program begins at 11 a.m. with description of the phosphorus removal structures, how to construct them and use them. The Benton County Farm Bureau will provide lunch at noon.

A tour of a phosphorus removal structure with a question-and-answer session will follow lunch.

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership was founded in 2005 by stakeholders including residents of the watershed and researchers from the University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University. The partnership works to improve the integrity of the Illinois River through public education and community outreach, water quality monitoring, and the implementation of conservation and restoration practices throughout the watershed.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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