Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Obvious violation of integrity of Beaver Lake watershed

Trail only 18 inches higher than flow of Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River under S. School Avenue. Whose idea was this? Rain had slacked off but more could come. Video at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Ever drive South College when was was flowing over the bridge and bridge was temporarily closed? Now there is less room for water under the bridge.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014, noon meeting of the Beaver Watershed Alliance at Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce office. Everyone welcome with RSVP required

Subject: Beaver Watershed Alliance West Fork Opportunity Meeting - August 14th, 12-1 pm
 Dear West Fork Watershed leader,
 The Beaver Watershed Alliance would like to invite you to a meeting for Washington County staff, elected officials, city staff, and other leaders in the West Fork Watershed community to show the initial results of our West Fork Opportunity Assessment as well as seek input and feedback for our program. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 14th, from 12-1 pm at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce large conference room. The Chamber is located at 123 W. Mountain Street in Fayetteville.
 The ultimate goal of our program is to improve the water quality of the West Fork of the White River, which flows from Winslow to Fayetteville and empties into Beaver Lake, the drinking water source for over 420,000 people. Since last fall, we have been working on a variety of water quality issues in the West Fork Watershed, connecting with streamside landowners, implementing Best Management Practices, and creating an assessment of water quality improvement opportunities. The initial results of our landowner interaction and community feedback are conveyed in a series of maps, however we realize that there are still existing opportunities for water quality improvement that we have not yet accounted for and we are still seeking input regarding these opportunities. We would appreciate your attendance at this meeting and feedback on our program, since it has implications for our valuable water resource and is integral for a healthy Northwest Arkansas economy and community.
 Lunch will be provided for attendees, and an RSVP is requested. You may reserve your spot at the meeting by contacting Courtney Thomas at 479-750-8007 or courtney@beaverwatershedalliance.org
Thank you, 
Courtney Thomas
Outreach Coordinator of Beaver Watershed Alliance

Monday, June 30, 2014

Beaver Watershed Alliance public meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, video recorded 30 June 2014 on You Tube at link below

Beaver Lake Watershed Alliance public-listening session in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 30 June 2014, in three continuous video clips on You Tube.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

John Rule has donated his acreage split by Frog Bayou to a land trust

Aubrey James Shepherd's short-take running May 4 to 9, 2014, on Cox Cable 218 in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville and Fort Smith area at 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday plus 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Also at same times on AT&T U-verse 99 plus on station's Internet site.
Also view more than 1,300 photos from John Rule's Road to Frog Bayou on Flickr.

John Rule reads selections of his poetry and prose on several videos on You Tube on my channel

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Protection of two watersheds one of the best reasons Fayetteville agreed to set aside Mount Kessler as a nature area

Fayetteville City Council Approves Mount Kessler Purchase

Posted: February 19, 2014 at 5 a.m.
STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE Bob Caulk, left, chairman of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, leads a standing ovation Tuesday for Frank and Sara Sharp during a meeting of the City Council where the council voted to dedicate $1.5 million in partnership with the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association and the Walton Family Trust to buy 376 acres atop Mount Kessler in southwest Fayetteville. Frank Sharp was instrumental in the effort to conserve the property.
 — The city will add 376 acres atop Mount Kessler to its stock of publicly owned land.
Fayetteville aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $1.5 million out of reserve to buy the hillside property near the Cato Springs Road interchange on Interstate 540.
The Walton Family Foundation has agreed to kick in $1.5 million for the purchase from Danville-based Chambers Bank.
The land, which features several miles of trails, rock formations, groves of old-growth trees and views of southwest Fayetteville, is next to a planned 200-acre park.
Advocates said Tuesday the land will appeal to hikers, mountain bikers and bird-watchers for years to come, whereas the park will mostly feature soccer fields, baseball diamonds and other types of recreation.


Council Action
Fayetteville’s City Council met Tuesday and:
• Tabled for two weeks ordinance changes allowing female goats, beehives and more chickens and ducks in residential areas and make it easier for urban farmers and backyard gardeners to sell produce from their property.
• Authorized the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to refund city sales taxes to Karcher North America, a cleaning equipment manufacturer at 2700 S. Armstrong Ave.
• Set a $541,000 Community Development Block Grant program for 2014.
• Approved a $353,000 contract with Garver engineers for Rupple Road design between Starry Night View and Mount Comfort Road.
• Approved a $192,000 contract with Teeco Safety for stun guns for the Police Department.
• Extended the closing date with Kum & Go convenience stores for 2 acres of city land at Huntsville and Happy Hollow roads until no later than April 21.
Source: Staff Report
“This roughly 380 acres … creates a place unlike many in the region or the state,” Jeremy Pate, city development services director, said Tuesday. “We really believe that this network of trails and open space creates almost 600 acres of parkland that, ultimately, will be a legacy acquisition for the city of Fayetteville.”
More than 150 residents filled City Council chambers during Tuesday’s discussion. Many stood in the aisles or huddled outside the doors.
“This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen,” said Adella Gray, Ward 1 alderwoman for more than seven years, before the meeting.
The details of the purchase are complicated. Chambers Bank agreed to sell 328 acres for $3 million. Another 48 acres will be donated and count toward park dedication requirements for any development on the remaining 200 acres the bank owns.
City and bank officials also agreed to trade islands of land that had been held by each respective entity.
“Basically it would make both parcels whole,” Pate said.
As a condition for the Walton grant, the city must come up with a plan for preserving the 376 acres as “green space.” The city also must construct a trail head, estimated at $100,000, within 90 days and commit to maintaining trails on the property. City officials must agree to a real estate contract by April 15.
The city’s expenditure will be lessened if the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association follows through with a commitment to raise $300,000 over the next three years for the Mount Kessler Reserve.
City Council members heard Tuesday from a collection of conservationists, educators and outdoors enthusiasts, who supported the purchase.
About 40 members of Ozarks Off Road Cyclists, a nonprofit group that has built and maintained Mount Kessler trails, rode their bikes to Tuesday’s meeting.
Steve Schneider, group vice president, said the trails provide opportunities to fight obesity and get people outdoors.
Several speakers mentioned research opportunities Mount Kessler provides for University of Arkansas and Fayetteville School District students.
The property is within 3 miles of Fayetteville High School and university. It’s home to various plants and animals, including groves of 300-year-old post oak trees, spotted salamanders and spring peeper frogs.
The land has served as outdoor classroom space for a graduate student studying in the university’s tree-ring laboratory and students enrolled in Fayetteville High School’s advanced placement environmental science class.
“This is just one of the many examples of how students can have hands-on, relevant learning experiences that reinforce the curriculum that’s introduced in the classroom,” said Dana Smith, district sustainability coordinator.
John Pennington, executive director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, said rainwater from Mount Kessler flows into the Illinois River and West Fork of the White River, which empties into Beaver Lake, the drinking water source for more than 300,000 people in Northwest Arkansas.
Pennington said land conservation is the best long-term way to preserve water quality in the two watersheds.
Tuesday’s vote caps a more than decade-long effort to prevent development on Mount Kessler by resident Frank Sharp. Sharp’s family homestead lies next to the land.
“I certainly want to thank (Sharp) for keeping this in my mind and in my heart,” said Mayor Lioneld Jordan. “What I see with this purchase is 376 acres that will never, ever be touched again.”
According to city records, the Mount Kessler land will add to more than 3,900 acres of parks, trails and lakes in Fayetteville.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Waterkeepers presentation in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on hog-factory waste

Hog farms near Buffalo River could damage the Ozarks as much as they have damaged North Carolina wetland. See video at this link.