Arkansas Forests &
Drinking Water Collaborative


Arkansas Watershed Resources Conference, July 13-14, 2022

The Arkansas Water Resource Center (AWRC), Arkansas Forests and Drinking Water Collaborative (AFDWC), the Arkansas Department of Agriculture – Forest Division, and the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA), hosted a watershed resource conference July 13-14, 2022.  The conference was held at the Waldrip Hall in the state-of-the-art Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, an iconic research and education facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  This served as the biannual forum for The Arkansas Forests and Drinking Water Collaborative which was delayed in fall, 2021 due to continuing covid restrictions.  We were very excited to reconnect with all of you at this event.  This conference brought top-notch speakers and presentations on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), Recreation, Source Water Protection, and Landowner Engagement including:

  • Presentations on Latest Funded Research Projects: Harmful Algal Blooms

  • Discussion Panel with Water Utilities: Monitoring and Managing for Source Water Protection in Arkansas

  • Conservation that Pays: Incentivized Conservation

  • Source Water Protection Projects in Arkansas: Arkansas CommuniTree Project & Greers Ferry Lake

  • Beaver Lake Watershed – Source Water Protection and Developing Watershed Metrics

  • Prescribed Fire and Water Quality

  • Low Impact Development

  • Agricultural Initiatives

  • Small-scale and Large-scale Stream Restoration /Low Water Crossings/Dam Removals

  • On-site Tours of Local Conservation Projects

Participants were able to network and engage with water resource professionals on how to sustain, improve, and protect our state’s most precious resources – forests and water. 

Review Agenda

Steering Committee Meeting May 6th, 2022

A steering committee meeting was held Friday, May 6th, 2022 both in-person and virtually.  In-person at the Arkansas Dept of Ag – Forestry Division office.  

Read the meeting minutes here.

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Past Forums

Click below to learn more about past forums and events.

2019 Forum

Learn more about panel discussions, workshops, tours, programs, and final report of the forum

2017 Forum

Learn about the presentations, field tour, breakout sessions, and the final report of the forum

2015 Forum

Learn more about the presentations, field tour, breakout sessions, and final report of the forum 

Collaborative Wide Mtg
on Funding & Priorities

July, 2020

NRCS Funding and the New Farm Bill Source Water Protection Requirements.  

Past Steering Committee Meetings

Miss a past meeting?  Get up to speed by reading meeting minutes from the AFDWC steering committee meetings.