Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Program
During construction, build right and keep soil on site! Using construction Best Management Practices, or BMPs, will keep soil in place and not in our waterways where it can harm wildlife.
Sediment in waterbodies from construction sites can reduce the amount of sunlight reaching aquatic plants, clog fish gills, smother aquatic
habitat and spawning areas, and impede navigation.
Learn more about tools and practices that can be used during construction to help
keep soil in place in our NWA Pre-Construction Educational Program here.
For more information on stormwater and litter, visit our litter page here.
What is the NWA Urban Stormwater Education Program?
Seventeen Northwest Arkansas cities, Benton and Washington counties, and the University
of Arkansas-Fayetteville are partnering with the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative
Extension Service and the NWA Regional Planning Commission on a regional approach
to stormwater management.
Both the EPA and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality have recognized
the collaborative NWA Urban Stormwater Education Program as an innovative and effective
pollution prevention education effort to help protect the region's water resources.
Arkansas Stormwater Education
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, don’t set it and forget it. Check your
irrigation for excessive watering or misdirection of spray onto streets and sidewalks.
What is stormwater runoff?
When it rains, snows or sleets in Arkansas, where does that water go? Does it soak
into the ground? Does it sit in puddles until it evaporates? The water actually does
both of those things, but some of the water will also flow over the land surface,
heading downhill to the nearest ditch or stream. This is called stormwater runoff.
Why is stormwater education important?
In Arkansas cities and towns, the water cannot soak in through the pavement, rooftops,
and concrete like it can into the soil. This means that there's more stormwater runoff
in cities than in forests and fields. The water flows off impervious surfaces such
as driveways, rooftops, sidewalks, and parking lots, and usually flows straight into
a storm drain. These openings along roads and in parking lots connect to pipes which
carry the water directly to your local stream or lake.
What can you do about stormwater management?
Learn more about stormwater policy and management, find out why stormwater is an issue.
We encourage you to explore what you can do about stormwater, including the environmentally friendly way to wash your car and what you can do about residential stormwater.
Know the Flow
Stormwater flows untreated down our streets and drains directly to local creeks. Thanks for doing your part to keep it free of trash and other pollutants such as pet waste, chemicals, auto
fluids, fertilizers and yard waste.