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Locals to run a green race

Locals to run a green race

Those who attend the St. Patrick's Day 5K Run/3K Walk at Harding University on Saturday will benefit two local causes for the price of one.

$830K available for water enhancement

$830K available for water enhancement

USDA NRCS Announces Funding Available for Agricultural Water Enhancement Project in White County

SEARCY, Ark. – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mike Sullivan announced more than $830,000 is available to agricultural producers through an Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) project in a portion of White County.  Producers in the project area have until April 13 to sign up for 2012 funding.

The Little Red River Irrigation Project, a partnership between NRCS and the Little Red River Irrigation District, is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quantity and quality concerns in the Little Red River Watershed.

Corps to host workshops discussing changes in park operations

Corps to host workshops discussing changes in park operations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District is hosting five public workshops in February to discuss proposed changes in operations at 29 of its parks because of budget cuts.

Although there will be no group presentations, the public is invited to drop by any time during the workshops and talk one on one with Corps representatives about the proposed recreational changes, provide input and learn more about volunteer and potential partnership opportunities. Written comments will also be accepted at the workshops. 

The Corps is looking for partners willing to take over operations and maintenance duties at affected facilities to help keep them from closing.

For individuals interested in the proposed recreational changes at Clearwater Lake, the workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 9, at the Clearwater Project Office adjacent to Clearwater Dam in Piedmont, Mo.

'Seed Swaps' to make stop in Searcy

'Seed Swaps' to make stop in Searcy

CAAH! to Co-Sponsor Twelve Seed Swaps throughout Arkansas in Spring 2012

CONWAY, Ark. -- The University of Central Arkansas's Conserving Arkansas's Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!) project will host Seed Swaps around the state throughout the spring.

The event is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Sustainability Network, churches, garden coalitions, libraries, the Ozark Folk Center State Park, the Southern Seed Legacy, farmers and gardeners.

The participants in these swaps strive to conserve the heritage of Arkansas as they share good stories, beautify their yards, feed their friends and family and trading open-pollinated seeds. Participants are invited to bring open-pollinated (heirloom) seeds, bulbs, plants and stories to swap with other seed savers at any of the swaps. If you have no seeds to swap, but want to get started, come mingle with gardeners and farmers who can help.

Tight budget prompts changes in Corps park operations; public workshops slated

Tight budget prompts changes in Corps park operations; public workshops slated
  

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tight budgets are requiring the Little Rock District of the Army Corps of Engineers to propose changes at several of its parks, including closing some less efficient facilities. 

A series of public workshops to discuss these proposals and solicit public input is being scheduled for February at Piedmont, Mo., and at Mountain Home, Heber Springs, Russellville and Ozark, Ark.  The workshop times, dates and locations will be announced when they are finalized.

Hearing to address hazardous waste regulations

Hearing to address hazardous waste regulations

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) will hold a public hearing at North Little Rock January 9, 2012, to receive public comments on proposed revisions to Commission Regulation 30 (Remedial Action Trust Fund/Hazardous Substances Site Priority List). The hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission Room at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) headquarters building, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock.