2019 Riparian Project

Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9 am to 11 am


What is a riparian buffer?

A riparian buffer is the area of land next to a creek, stream, or river - the streambanks and floodplain area. In nature, riparian buffers can include trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.

Why are riparian buffers important?

Riparian buffers decrease streambank erosion, filter sediments and pollutants commonly found in runoff, provide stormwater storage, increase wildlife habitat, provide cooler water and air temperatures, and increase groundwater infiltration.

Riparian buffers provide environmental and recreational benefits to creeks, streams, and rivers, and improve water quality and downstream land areas.

How can YOU participate?

You are invited to volunteer at a location near you!  This year, we will have 6-7 planting sites throughout Northwest Arkansas, within the Illinois River Watershed. Volunteer activities include planting seedlings as well as conducting a creek clean-up at each location. Snacks & drinks will be provided.

We are currently looking for riparian planting locations within the Illinois River Watershed. If you know of a good site or would like to sign up to volunteer yourself or a group for the event, contact Stephanie at 479-215-6623 or email stephanie@irwp.org. As sites become confirmed, we will update information, and add maps with specific site details

Locations: TBD


    Maps and specific details will be up on our Facebook page, in the discussion section here.


    Walton Family Foundation, AR Natural Resources Commission, USDA/Natural Resources Consesrvation Service, Windgate Foundation, Tyson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cargill, Simmons, George’s, Benton County, City of Fayetteville, Coca-Cola, Washington County, City of Bentonville, City of Springdale, Springdale Water Utilities, Farm Bureau Arkansas, AGFC, AR/OK Compact Commission, City of Rogers, Rogers Water Utilities, McKee, AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company, Beaver Water District, AR Master Naturalists, AR Natural Heritage Commission, East iniative, The Nature Conservancy, AR Water Resources Center, and the UofA Extension.  THANK YOU!