Water quality, land use, sediment, watersheds
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) identified two priority hydrologic unit code (HUC) 8 watersheds, the Upper White River Basin (UWRB; HUC 11010001) and the Upper Illinois River Watershed (UIRW; 11110103), in northwest Arkansas. Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution is a concern in these watersheds, such as excess nutrients from agriculture and sediment from changes in land uses. Several NPS pollution projects have been funded by ANRC, including streambank restoration on Sager Creek and best management practices (BMP) to control urban sediment in Fayetteville. The purpose of this project was to collect water samples at 15 sites in the UWRB and UIRW to estimate constituent loads and understand how water quality has been changing in these priority watersheds over time.
Scott, Erin E. and Haggard, Brian E.. 2019. Constituent Loads and Trends in the Upper Illinois River Watershed and Upper White River Basin: 2015 October through 2018 September. Arkansas Water Resource Center, Fayetteville, AR. MSC387. 79