UACES Facebook Annual nonpoint source pollution stakeholder meeting scheduled for Sept. 27-28

Annual nonpoint source pollution stakeholder meeting scheduled for Sept. 27-28

By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Sept. 7, 2017 

Fast Facts:

  • Annual meeting provides state residents & stakeholders opportunity to learn about projects aimed at nonpoint source pollution
  • Two-day meeting to be held at Cooperative Extension Service State Office in Little Rock, sponsored by the U of A System Division of Ag & Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • Registration is free, lunch provided
  • Register at 

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LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will co-host an annual nonpoint source pollution stakeholder and project overview meeting, scheduled for Sept. 27-28.

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State agencies, watershed organizations and others involved in water quality education in the state's 10 priority watersheds are invited to attend the meeting to learn the latest information regarding federal funding for water quality projects. 

Kristin Higgins, Public Policy Center program associate for the Division of Agriculture, said the meeting will be an opportunity for concerned residents to network with other interested participants, as well as to learn about ongoing projects in the state’s watersheds. 

“There are many people in Arkansas who work to improve the water quality of our local streams, rivers and lakes,” Higgins said. “This meeting is a time for them to get together —whether they're from a watershed organization or a state agency — and learn about the successes and challenges their colleagues are experiencing in the field.” 

This year’s meeting will feature representatives from the ANRC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discussing upcoming funding issues, as well as presentations from several other agencies. 

The two-day program is scheduled for Sept. 27-28 at the Cooperative Extension Service state office at 2301 S. University Ave. in Little Rock. 

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. Registration is free and lunch is included. To register, go to

Call the Public Policy Center at 501-671-2160 with any questions regarding the conference or registration, or email

“Water quality doesn't often improve over night, so it's important for these agencies and organizations to celebrate their achievements and to reflect with others on how they can avoid some of the problems they had along the way,” Higgins said. “This is also an opportunity to hear from the EPA and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission representatives about funding for future nonpoint source pollution projects.” 

To learn about water quality, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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

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