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Arkansas Watershed Steward Program

The Arkansas Watershed Steward Program is an educational training offered by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Division and other partnering agencies and organizations.

The purpose of this program is to promote healthy watersheds, increase understanding of the potential causes of water resource degradation and give people the knowledge and tools they need to identify, prevent and/or resolve water quality problems.

How can this project help the environment?

Consisting of over 600,000 acres of surface water, 91,000 miles of streams, and 282 identified aquifers, 
Arkansas is a water rich state. However, the surface and groundwaters of Arkansas that we rely on for so much, needs protection and restoration from activities that influence the quality of the water or the health of the land from which it flows.  

The protection, improvement, and maintenance of water quality in Arkansas is up to all citizens, communities, businesses, and industries. 

The broad goals of the Arkansas Watershed Steward Program are to:

  • Make citizens more aware of and knowledgeable about water issues.
  • Help individuals become community leaders in dealing with water issues.
  • Facilitate local efforts and activities to improve water quality.
  • Improve and protect the quality of local water resources.

Want to start making a difference?

It's up to all of us to protect the water quality in our state. Check out our handbook to better understand water quality issues and learn what actions you can take to make a positive impact!

Download the Watershed Steward Handbook

Who Are Arkansas Watershed Stewards?

Arkansas Watershed Stewards are the folks with a willingness to learn about, a desire to improve and protect community, an ethic to become actively involved in protecting and improving water resources, and a willingness to share this information with their friends, family and community. This includes homeowners, agricultural producers, recreationists, decision makers and community leaders who all live, work or recreate in a watershed and depend on its valuable resources.

The Arkansas Watershed Steward program is open to all people of all ages regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other legally protected status and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

We offer water quality training for Arkansans!

Our water quality educator, John Pennington is available for virtual or face-to-face (in limited capacity) lectures and workshops.

What should I expect from a water quality training?

We work with people from various backgrounds, whether you are a community leader, educator, or a concerned citizen. In our training sessions, you can learn about water quality issues and get ideas on how to improve and protect water quality in your community.

Request a Training