Pine Bluff, Ark. – The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension invites volunteers to come participate in a guided canoe trip and Watershed Discovery Day on October 13, 2018 at 9 am in Pine Bluff. Event check-in will be at the Dr. Curtis Merrill Access by the Wal-Mart on Ohio Street. It will be a fun filled day of citizen-science and watershed appreciation as Arkansas residents explore the bayou, remove litter from the waterway, and learn about watershed protection.
Watersheds are systems of drainages across a landscape where precipitation collects and discharges into a common outlet, such as a river, streams, lake, or bayou. In urban areas, water moves over lawns, city streets and other impervious surfaces to ditches and storm drains before being released into local waterways.
“Residents whether living in the city limits or in the county are all members of a watershed community. Here in Pine Bluff we share an environment with the birds, fish, and other animals so how we treat the natural resource such as air, soil, and water effects the health of not only our watershed but larger watersheds downstream” says University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture Agent Christine Cooley.
There are many ways that citizens can preserve and protect local watersheds; explore and connect with your local park and recreation areas, plant a tree, don’t litter or pick it up when you see it, and keep pesticides and herbicides away from rivers and streams. “Making the connection between urban activities and their impact on watersheds is important for creating a culture change on how people live and play in harmony with the environment” says Ms. Cooley. “Events such as the Watershed Discovery Day will allow residents to explore nature while also making that connection to the importance of water quality protection” adds Ms. Cooley.
The Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center will be providing canoes for those participants that do not have their own boats. Reservations for canoes can be made with the Jefferson County Extension Service and all supplies will be provided at the check-in station.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.