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Piloting Rough Waters

Women's Bassmaster Tour anglers Jan Heavener and Marsha Gipson, who also are hydrologic technicians with the USGS Arkansas Water Science Center, give some personal tips for boating in rough water based on their USGS experience in this BASS Times article by Robert Montgomery.
Robert Montomery, Bass Times Senior Writer
8/22/2007 Quality of agricultural water is said to be decreasing here
For years, water experts have warned about the depletion of the Alluvial Aquifer in eastern Arkansas because of over-pumping for agricultural use.
Frank Scott, DeWitt Era-Enterprise
Gauge updated on Spring River

Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey (USGS) from Little Rock were in Mammoth Spring earlier this month to update the stream gauge on the Spring River.
Jan Thompson, Villager Journal
Prescription 'Take Back' Program Being Studied

Law enforcement and government officials for years have told the public to flush unwanted medication.
Scarlet Sims, The Morning News
Judge says streams and wildlife could be overdosing on flushed drugs

While poultry litter usually gets all the attention when it comes to polluting northwest Arkansas groundwater, Benton County Judge Gary Black wants to focus on another possible contaminate - pharmaceuticals that get flushed down toilets.
Jennifer Turner, NWAnews.com
Hardy Considering Advanced Warning Flooding System

The town of Hardy is pushing for an early warning flooding system to make sure everyone along the Spring River has the time necessary to react to the rising waters.
Brett Garrett, KAIT
Flood system discussed
The city of Hardy is looking for help in paying for a proposed early flood warning system.
Larry Stroud, Batesville Daily Guard
Sharp County Looks at Flood Warning System
The folks in Hardy say they have thought a lot about a flood warning system, and after last September's tragedy this is something that is much over due.
Will Carter, KAIT
USGS Arkansas Water Science Center Technicians Rescue Man from Water
USGS hydrologic technicians/streamgagers Kevin Davis and Bill Baldwin didn.t expect anything unusual on Dec. 6, 2005. However, their presence at a bridge crossing Bayou Bartholomew near McGehee, Ark., was critical to a man involved in a one-car accident at the bridge that day.
James Petersen, Arkansas WSC USGS
Survey Crews Measure Flow Of Arkansas River
Central Arkansas is beginning to dry out, but the U.S. Geological Survey is trying to learn from the rising waters we saw last weekend. Early Tuesday morning they made their way across the Arkansas River.
Reporter: Melissa Dunbar, Today's THV
Scientists Test For Clean Drinking Water         Download Video
After days and days of rain, workers from the U.S. Geological Survey Department are still busy dealing with the aftermath of the storm. Wednesday, they braved the cold temperatures to go boating in search of water quality samples.
Reporter: Melissa Dunbar, Today's THV
Rivers Leave Their Banks As Rain Keeps Falling         Download Video
After another day of rain, Saline County residents are holding their breath -- the Saline River is one of many rising above the banks.
Reporter: Melissa Dunbar, Today's THV
Central Arkansas Gets Drenched         Download Video
Saturday the swings and slides were empty at Boyle Park. There were no kids to run on the playground, because the park is closed due to flooding.
Reporter: Ashley Blackstone, Today's THV
Water study halts highway progress
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department said recently that the next leg of the King Expressway (U.S. Highway 70/270) is on hold pending the outcome of a federally funded thermal water study.
By Mark Gregory , Hot Springs Sentinel-Record
In hot water? Groundwater supply continues steady decline
Of all the information-gathering operations at the Small Farm Outreach run by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, perhaps the most significant is most easily overlooked: Instruments in a small cabinet alongside the farm road that keep a constant eye on the groundwater levels in the area for the U.S. Geological Survey.
By Ed Galucki , The Lonoke Democrat
Water Tests Reveal Antibiotics, Other Organics In Area Streams
Researchers found a lot more than just phosphorus recently in Northwest Arkansas streams and rivers.
By John L. Moore, The Morning News
Groundwater monitoring on prairie
Real-time monitoring of groundwater levels may not seem significant to some, but the effect could be far-reaching for the Grand Prairie area where water is the economic lifeblood.
By Ed Galucki , The Lonoke Democrat
Focusing on Sparta Officials stress importance of education in effort to save aquifer
The water well behind the Union Academy of Health and Wellness may not look like much, but what it tells students there about the future of water resources in the county is immeasurable.
By Keli Jacobi , The El Dorado News-Times
Report: Many Chemicals in Northwest Arkansas Streams Samples Show Compounds Below Treatment Plants
Phosphorus may be the buzzword in the Illinois River basin, but one researcher is looking at other compounds in the water.
By Dan Craft, The Morning News
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