Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Program 2022 Impact
Seventeen NWA cities, Benton and Washington Counties, and the U of A- Fayetteville partnered with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and the NWA Regional Planning Commission on a proven and cost-effective way to meet EPA Phase 2 Stormwater Management Permit requirements.
Annual Program Emphasis
In 2022, the 5-yr National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit educational emphasis was sediment control.
Pre-Construction Stormwater Education Program
residents were reached with educational messages appearing on 4 billboards
individuals were reached with web-based targeted advertisements and had 2,121 content interactions
individuals from construction industry invited to participate in a construction BMP photo contest
individuals completed the pre-construction stormwater education online program
Pick Up Where You Play
Each fall, the NWA Stormwater Education program calls on community partners to come together on a regional effort to remove litter from recreational areas.
- 685 volunteers participated
- 21 creek clean-up events
Thanks to all who participated!
Pick Up Where You Play was advertised through various media outlets such as KUAF, KNWA GoodDay, NWA Democrat Gazette with a total reach of 69,323!
individuals interacted with staffed displays at 5 local events
residents learned to make rain barrels in 8 different programs
area children from 5 schools participated in programs on pollution prevention
municipal employees participated in required stormwater annual training educating them to "See Something, Say Something" in their job
Individualized MS4 Audit and Compliance Support
As DEQ conducts MS4 stormwater permit audits in NWA, the regional program provides individualized audit support. Additional guidance is given to MS4s as unique situations arise to find resources that ensure they are staying compliant with federal and state stormwater regulations.
Visit these locations to see our work!
- Lake Fayetteville Environmental Study Center: installed signage, mural and green roof demo
- Mt. Kessler and Fayetteville Public Schools: provided plants and educational materials for riparian restoration
- UpStream Art: 41 storm drain murals throughout NWA with water quality messages
Social Media Presence
- 105 educational messages
- 993 followers
- 3,268 engagements
"Consistent digital content from Know the Flow NWA reminds me how individual actions can affect stormwater on the community scale. When more neighbors commit to reducing stormwater and improving water quality, our neighborhood creek will be safer and cleaner for our kids to play in."
-David Criswell, Instagram follower
- 81 educational messages
- 1,057 page likes
- 12,908 engagements
Want to join us in protecting local streams creeks and streams?