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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.
Arkansas is a water-rich state with over 600,000 acres of surface water, 91,000 miles
of streams, and 92 million acre-feet flowing through and adjacent to the state. However,
the waters of Arkansas that we enjoy and rely on for so much need protection and restoration
from activities that negatively impact water quality and land health.
Approximately seven percent or 6,400 miles of streams in Arkansas are listed as impaired
from meeting their designated water uses. Approximately, one percent of lakes in Arkansas
The protection, improvement, and maintenance of water quality in Arkansas are up to
all citizens, communities, businesses, and industries. This program helps inform and
train people and communities to be able to protect, maintain, and improve the water
quality where they live, work, or play.
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!
Register for the online training and get started on your way to becoming an Arkansas
Watershed Steward today!
(You will need to create an account at courses.uada.edu/)
Our water quality educator, John Pennington is available for virtual or face-to-face
(in limited capacity) lectures and workshops.
There are a lot of opportunities and benefits for farmers associated with water quality
projects. Namely, more money for appropriate farm resources to address conservation
concerns and non-regulatory approaches to address water quality concerns.
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
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This curriculum is designed for use by outreach professionals and educators who work
in agricultural watersheds and seek to recruit farmers to play a more proactive role
in watershed management in their communities.
This curriculum, consisting of three modules and up to six hours of content, is customizable
and suitable for jumpstarting a new effort or reinvigorating an existing project.
Target audiences for the training include farmers and farm advisors.
Click here to create an account and complete the online course
Arkansas Watershed Stewards are the folks with a willingness to learn about, a desire
to improve and protect the 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