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* 12/06/2002
Widespread and severe flooding of December 3, 1982 remembered on 20th anniversary

      On December 3, 1982 much of northern and western Arkansas suffered major flooding due to heavy rains that exceeded 12 inches in 24 hours at some locations. Flood peak discharges equaled or exceeded a 100-year recurrence interval at 19 gaging stations and a 25-year recurrence interval at 12 additional gaging stations on this date. The flooding was the most severe and widespread flooding to hit Arkansas since at least 1945. The stage of the Buffalo River increased about 47 feet at the Highway 65 bridge and overtopped the handrails at the north end of the Highway 14 bridge. Buffalo River Flood Peak at Highway 65
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* 20th anniversary of tornadoes, floods
      On Thursday, Dec. 2, 1982 deadly tornadoes twisted through Arkansas. And torrential rains stormed from warm, moist Gulf air Dec. 2-3 causing flooding and forcing hundreds of evacuations.
by: Sherry F. Pruitt, Jonesboro Sun

* Floods flushed state's rivers 20 years ago
      The severe and widespread flooding that swept through much of the state 20 years ago is hard to comprehend.even with witness descriptions, photographs, and statistics.
by: Scott F. Davis, The Morning News

* Real time river reports online
      Scientists trying 20 years ago to measure a major flood were hampered by limited data and lack of physical access to the river sites most affected by flooding. Much more information is available today.
by: Scott F. Davis, The Morning News
10/22/2002
* Government agencies join citizens in sampling of Fourche Creek in observance of 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
      A group of more than 60 people gathered in southwestern Little Rock to sample Fourche Creek on National Water Monitoring Day in observance of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Clean Water Act on October 18, 1972.

* 30th Anniversary Photo Album
* Contact Information for Selected Agencies with Water Resources Expertise
* Water Quality Data for Fourche Creek, October 18, 2002

For more details about National Water Monitoring Day activities across the nation visit: www.yearofcleanwater.org

For more information about water monitoring in Arkansas visit:
* Arkansas USGS Contact Page
* Arkansas Stream Team
* Arkansas Water Education Team
* Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group
* Arkansas Department Environmental Quality
* Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
* Arkansas Geological Commission
* Arkansas Department of Health
10/08/2002
Interactive data system for accessing water quality added to this web page
      The interactive data system allows interested parties to view, graph, and retrieve water quality and streamflow data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in the Illinois River, Beaver Lake, Lake Maumelle, and Lake Winona basins. Data can be selected using an interactive map or from site lists. To access the Water Quality and Streamflow Interactive Maps click here.

* USGS Adds Illinois River Data to Web Site
      The U.S. Geological Survey recently added extensive water quality data about the Illinois River to its Web site.
by: Scott F. Davis, The Morning News
* 08/29/2002
Water Monitoring Station Dedicated
* Ribbon  Cutting Ceremony Photo Album

* A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held August 15
      to dedicate a new stream gaging station on the Middle Fork of the Saline River. For addition information contact Shane Barks at (501) 228-3667 or csbarks@usgs.gov
Thank you! USGS and AG & FC

* Stream gauge 'vital' to Middle Fork survival
      Even though it's been in operation since May, an official dedication ceremony was held in August for the U.S. Geological Survey's Saline River iddle Fork stream gauge, which will provide essential data that may be crucial to the Middle Fork's survival. by: Jeff Smith,The Sentinel-Record

* River dedication turns into forum
      The unveiling of a new streamflow measuring station on the Saline River turned into a forum for those opposed on two new dams on a tiny Middle Fork tributary at Vance Bridge near here.  by: Jerry Breeden,The Benton Courier

* Middle Fork stream flow gauge promises USGS scientific data
      A large and diverse group ... attended the official dedication of the stream flow gauge by the U.S. Geological Survey by: Hank Deutsch,Hot Springs Village Voice
05/02/2002
Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater
Contaminants in U.S. Streams


* Environmental Science and Technology article (pdf format:140KB)

* USGS Open-File Report-02-94
      Two recent reports by USGS scientists include information on pharmaceuticals, hormones, and other organic wastewater contaminants for two sites in Arkansas (and 137 other sites in the United States). The two Arkansas sites (both in Washington County) are Shumate Creek near Durham and Illinois River near Savoy. Several compounds were found at relatively low concentrations in the Illinois River; none were found in Shumate Creek. For additional information contact Jim Petersen (501)228-3620 petersen@usgs.gov).
If you would like to view this information, and are unable please email btjackson@usgs or call (501) 228-3614


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