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Volunteers sought for roadside dump near Smith Creek


The Cooperative Extension Service and The Nature Conservancy are working with partners and landowners in the Buffalo River watershed to improve water quality. One such water quality improvement opportunity is removal of trash from an illegal roadside dump located off of state Highway 21 near Smith Creek Nature Preserve on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. until noon.
The dumpsite was found as part of a litter audit conducted by UA Cooperative Extension service as a part of the Buffalo River Watershed Enhancement Project outreach related to using the Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan to improve water quality in the watershed.
Participants will be provided with the necessary cleanup supplies and are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and getting dirty.
To sign up to participate contact John Pennington at 870-329-7009 or jhpennington@uaex.edu
The Cooperative Extension Service has partnered with multiple agencies and organizations, including lead partner The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Arkansas Forestry Division, Buffalo River Conservation District, Searcy County Agricultural Conservation Cooperative, Searcy County, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The partnership project makes hundreds of thousands of dollars in conservation practice funding available to landowners participating in the project each year. To learn more, visit https://www.uaex.uada.edu/environment-nature/water/buffalo-river-project.aspx. If you are a landowner in need of conservation assistance funding, contact your local NRCS service provider and sign up for the Buffalo River Watershed Enhancement Project.
For more information on water quality, watersheds, Arkansas Watershed Stewards Program or the Buffalo River Watershed Regional Conservation Program check in with your local county extension office.