Beaver Watershed Alliance supports efforts of Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability

Nov. 12, 2012
Contact Information:

Marty Matlock, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability
479-575-2849 / mmatlock@uark.edu

Jason Kindall, Beaver Watershed Alliance
479-966-9391 / jason@beaverwatershedalliance.org

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Acknowledging the Beaver Watershed Alliance’s donation to the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability are, from left, Dr. Lalit Verma, Department Head, Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Dr. Marty Matlock, Professor and Area Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability; Jason Kindall, Executive Director, Beaver Watershed Alliance; Dr. Jennie Popp, Professor and Area Director, Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability; Dr. Mark Cochran, UA System Vice President for Agriculture, and Dr. Steve Halbrook, Department Head, Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.
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CARS staff and UA students working with William Winn (left), a Fayetteville Water and Wastewater Department staffer who also serves as a Beaver Watershed Alliance board member, to evaluate and design a wetland on the West Fork of the White River in partnership with the Beaver Watershed Alliance.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Beaver Watershed Alliance has contributed $7,500 to the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability (CARS), a research and outreach center in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, in recognition of the contributions that the students and faculty in the Center have made to improve the understanding and management of the Beaver Watershed.

Jason Kindall, Executive Director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance, said the Board of Directors approved this donation to show appreciation and support of the research, education, and outreach activities provided by the UA System Division of Agriculture, and to recognize the collaboration with the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability.

“The partnership between these two organizations provides outstanding benefits to the citizens of Northwest Arkansas” said Kindall. “Students and faculty have implemented projects throughout the watershed exploring stream bank restoration, low impact development, wetland design, stream water quality, lake nutrient dynamics, and many other projects that support our mission to protect water quality in Beaver Lake.”

“The collaboration between the Beaver Watershed Alliance and CARS provides faculty and students the opportunity to better understand and solve real problems,” said Marty Matlock, CARS area director. “Through the Beaver Watershed Alliance we work with the Beaver Water District, our local communities, and other stakeholders to better understand the challenges of protecting water quality throughout the Beaver Lake system. This collaboration provides a critical opportunity for our students and faculty to develop experience solving complex problems that really matter.”

Dr. Mark Cochran, UA System Vice President for Agriculture, said the collaboration between the Beaver Watershed Alliance and CARS is in the true spirit of the land grant mission. “We understand that our future prosperity requires availability of dependable, high quality water,” Cochran said. “We are honored to do our part to help Beaver Watershed Alliance achieve their goals.”

The Beaver Watershed Alliance was formed in 2010 to develop strategies and programs to maintain high quality drinking water in Beaver Lake and improve water quality on the Beaver Lake Watershed. The Alliance represents a diverse stakeholder group from agriculture, recreation, conservation, education, water utilities, technical and science, business, and local government groups working together for the cause of clean water. For more information on the Beaver Watershed Alliance go to http://www.beaverwatershedalliance.org.

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability was established in 2005 by the UA System Division of Agriculture. The mission of CARS is to increase prosperity for rural Arkansas through sustainable practices. The Center provides leadership in Arkansas and the world in balancing the demands of community, agriculture and ecosystems in order to meet the needs of current generations while enhancing the opportunity for future generations to meet their needs. For more information on CARS go to http://www.uark.edu/ua/cars.