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Arkansas, the Natural State, is often portrayed as a state with abundant water resources.
However, the state has its share of polluted waterways, diminished aquifer levels
and water access concerns.
The Division of Agriculture's Public Policy Center promotes the understanding of federal and state water policy issues through research,
community outreach and public education.
The term "water quality" can mean different things to different people. The most widely
used definition is that water quality is "the chemical, physical and biological characteristics
of water, usually in respect to its suitability for a designated use."
Water has many uses, such as for recreation, drinking, fisheries, agriculture and
industry. Each of these uses have been assigned chemical, physical and biological
standards necessary to support the use. For example, standards are higher for drinking
water than agriculture or industry use.
Arkansas' water plan, a document that guides state policy on water conservation, development
and protection, was updated in December 2014 after more than a year of public meetings
and review overseen by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.
On Aug. 21, 2023, Gov. Sarah Sanders signed a proclamation calling on the Arkansas Department of Agriculture to update to the state water plan.
The update will take place in two phases, with the first being a review of existing
information and new analyses of water availability in Arkansas. In addition to meetings
assessing public opinion about water needs, the first phase will include recommendations
for water management strategies for all water users and funding mechanisms.
2014 Arkansas Water Plan information.
Excessive sediment, nutrients and toxic metals prevent many Arkansas waterways from
supporting aquatic life or other intended uses. The Public Policy Center partnered
with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to produce the 2018-2023 Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan, which discusses threats
to 11 priority watersheds and action steps that watershed groups or industries can
take to reduce pollution levels.
Work on an updated 2024-2029 NPS Management Plan is currently underway, with new priority watersheds identified for funding and education opportunities in Arkansas during 2024-2029.
The 2018-2023 NPS plan can be found below.
Arkansas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan (2018-2023)
Arkansas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan (2011-2016)
The Role of Nonpoint Source Models in Watershed Management
Watershed Prioritization for Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution in Arkansas
2020 Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Annual Report for the NPS Program
The recently renamed Arkansas Natural Resources Division completed an update to the
state's nutrient reduction strategy, releasing a fact sheet along with the plan in
2022 that uses tiers of watershed to identify areas that need a greater focus for
Find the plan, a map showing watersheds by tier, and public comments made during the
recent draft process at https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/natural-resources/divisions/water-management/arkansas-nutrient-reduction-strategy/.
Every two years, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality creates a list of rivers and lakes that have been tested and found to not meet water
quality standards for their intended use (i.e., not enough oxygen to support fish
life). This list, known as the 303(d) list, is submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. The information gives state
and federal agencies, as well as interested residents, a better understanding of the
health of Arkansas' waterways and also a way to measure the impact of water quality
activities and projects.
Bayou Bartholomew Watershed
Beaver Reservoir - Upper White River Watershed
Cache River Watershed
Illinois River Watershed
Lake Conway - Point Remove Watershed
L'anguille River Watershed
Lower Little WatershedLower Ouachita - Smackover Watershed
Poteau River Watershed
Strawberry River Watershed
Upper Saline River Watershed
Click here for a map of priority watersheds.
A History of National Water Legislation
Water Rights in Arkansas
Arkansas Water Pollution Control Laws
Protecting Arkansas' Wetlands
Partners in Protecting Arkansas' Waterbodies
Glossary of Water-Related Terms
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
Federal Voluntary Conservation Programs
Arkansas Watershed Stewards Handbook (2021)
A Riparian Area Assessment Guide for Streamside Landowners
What is Water Quality?
Nonpoint Source Pollution Coloring Page
U.S. Clean Water Act
U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act