Monday, December 27, 2010

Ambrosia trifida feeds many birds in September and October and a few persistent ground-scratchers all winter

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view of immature and adult male cardinals feeding on Ambrosia trifida in September 2010.
September and October are feasting months for locally fledged birds as well as the hoards of migrating birds that find Ambrosia trifida a special native treat in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The importance of allowing native plants to go to seed and remain standing as "feeders with legs" cannot be overemphasized.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jim Bemis speaks at Telecom Board meeting on December 16, 2010

GOVERNMENT CHANNEL SCHEDULE published Friday, December 17, 2010, the day following Telecom Board meeting, does not include Telecom Board meeting video to be run during week of 12/17/2010 through 12/12/2010. Bemis' comments, therefore, will not be shown on Cox Cable or AT&T U-verse until long after the Fayetteville City Council meeting at which the CAT contract will be voted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.
Please click on individual pages to ENLARGE for easy reading.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Cox Cable pulls surprise on city of Fayetteville, Arkansas, with plan to move public-access, government channel and educational channel to EXPENSIVE digital tier of channels: So much for open government when thousands of people will not be able to afford access to the public channels

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Cox Cable advertisement in recent issue of The Northwest Arkansas Times.

For several years I have been able to turn away phone and online salesmen wanting me to take the satellite systems and later the Uverse TV system of AT&T.
But now Cox has set up a situation that will require me to drop their service and take the Uverse, which will automatically cut my cost because I have AT&T phone service already.
Cox has one thing the others don't have: The local public stations at minimal cost.
This is the time for the city administration to begin negotiating with COX. This is a draconian measure that will hurt COX in the long run.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Highway Commission vote could end mowing and dredging practices that cause erosion, loss of wildlife habitat and decrease beauty of roadsides in Arkansas

Please click on image to ENLARGE. Two hours after this photo was made on October 12, 2010, this area had been brushogged into oblivion. Sure, the swamp milkweed will sprout from its roots next summer. But these plants not only held pods offering hundreds of milkweed seeds but also were feeding milkweed caterpillars that could have made chrysalises and become final 2010 generation monarchs traveling to Mexico and with a chance to return in spring and find fresh milkweed on which a new generation of monarchs could have been raised to keep the cycle of life intact for this seriously threatened species of migrating butterfly. If you want to talk to your Northwest Arkansas representative on the Highway Commission, he is Dick Trammel.

Monarch caterpillars were still eating the foliage of these swamp milkweeds and the seed pods were almost mature when the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Mowers came down the road and crushed and cut them off near the ground. Amazing hypocrisy for a state agency that touts its wildflower program. And possibly worse hypocrisy is touting its stormwater-protection work and then mowing and dredging ditches repeatedly every year.

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE view.

To learn more about the Arkansas Highway Commission,  please see AHC  link.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

aubunique: Insect Festival coming up

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Please click on image to ENLARGE banquet invitation and go to DU blog for more information and online ticket order form.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


Start the celebration early for the Alabama game by attending the  Northwest Arkansas Ducks Unlimited membership banquet at the Washington  County Fairgrounds. Lots of great food, unique auction items and plenty  of prizes.
Individual, couple, Sponsor and Corporate tables for eight are  available. To purchase your tickets online please click the Buy Tickets  link below.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer on the committee, or  would like more information on the banquet, please contact me at the  email address shown. Be sure to forward this email to friends and fellow  duck hunters who would also like to attend the banquet.
Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Illinois River waterfowl on January 6, 2010.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Two such wetland plants growing together are a strong indicator of wetland

Please click on image to ENLARGE and widen view of Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) and Verbena hastata (swamp vervain) growing together on south Fayetteville wetland.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Land-use and green-infrastructure committee of Fayetteville forward to meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in Room 11 of city hall to discuss stormwater managment and erosion-control ordinance being considered by City Council on August 3, 2010

To the Fayetteville Forward Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure Committee-------

Not much has been happening this summer with our committee, but that doesn't mean green infrastructure matters aren't moving right along.  One in particular will be on it's third and final reading at the next City Council meeting on August 3, 6pm,  City Hall.
This is what is being considered for the council's vote:

  1. Amend Chapters 169: Physical Alteration of Land and Chapter 170: Stormwater Management, Drainage and Erosion Control:  An ordinance amending Chapter 169: Physical Alteration of Land and Chapter 170: Stormwater Management, Drainage and Erosion Control of Title XV of the Code of Fayetteville (Unified Development Code), to clarify stabilization requirements, require phased construction for sites larger than 20 acres, clarify re-vegetation requirements, clarify requirements for cut and fill slopes and retaining walls, define maintenance responsibility for stormwater management systems, restrict location of dirt and topsoil storage and define stabilization practices for dirt and topsoil storage, define a qualified inspector for erosion and sediment control best management practices, and require site plans for one and two family residences to contain a plan for erosion and sediment control and final on-site drainage.  This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the July 6, 2010 City Council meeting and on its second reading, July 20. 
  1. Amend Chapter 177: Landscape Regulations:  An ordinance amending Title XV: Unified Development Code of the City of Fayetteville, to amend Chapter 177: Landscape Regulations in order to modify existing requirements and regulations that address perimeter landscaping for development. This ordinance was left on the First Reading at the July 6, 2010 City Council meeting. 


The yellow highlighting on the document is where changes have been made, and  which are being voted on .  Members of this committee with interest in land use should pay special attention to  this amendment so please look over it .  Sarah Wrede, from the city's engineering department and who handles matters involving storm water, will be available to explain the amendment and to answer questions.  We will be meeting with her next week  so please come if you can.  
Thanks,  Fran

Wednesday, July 28, 3:30 pm in Rm 111, City Hall

Also don't forget the conference next week June 29-30 that I sent notice out about last month.

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Workshop Information
  • Date: July 29 and 30
  • Location: Fayetteville Town Center, Fayetteville, AR
  • Cost: $35.00 until July 1, and $50.00 after July 1
  • Agenda
  • Contact Us
EPA Region 6, the Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education Group, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, and the Beaver Water District are proud to announce the "Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure" Workshop to be held July 29th & 30th at the Fayetteville Town Center in beautiful downtown Fayetteville, AR.

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green infrastructure is an approach to wet weather management that is cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Green Infrastructure management approaches and technologies infiltrate, evapotranspire, capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrology. Additional information on EPA's green infrastructure program is available at

Why attend?

Participants will leave the conference with knowledge of tools and practices needed to effectively implement GI and different approaches to linking GI to prevent/mitigate water quality impacts. This meeting will be highly informative and will benefit all participants. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be available.

Suggested Attendees

Anyone interested in improving their quality of life is welcome! Employees, managers and supervisors of organizations interested in learning about new opportunities and initiatives to "green" their communities. This includes, but is not limited to, those who work in:

  • City, County and Regional Governments including:
    • Environmental or Sustainability Departments
    • Energy offices
    • Departments of Public Works, Solid Waste, Parks and Recreation
    • Water Departments
  • Mayor’s Offices and Planning Departments
  • Tribal Governments
  • DOD Base Planning and Military Installation Administrators
  • School Districts
  • College and Universities
  • Places of Worship
  • Engineering and Architectural Firms
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Design
  • Real Estate Development
  • Construction
  • Vehicle Fleet Maintenance and Operations
  • Energy Service Companies
  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) working with local cities
  • Homeowners’ Associations


Day 1
7:45 - 8:30Registration
8:30 - 8:45     Welcome, Introductions, Purpose
8:45 - 9:15     Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure
     Overview of stormwater dynamics and defining the concepts of Green Infrastructure/LID
     Nelly Smith, EPA Region 6
9:15 - 10:00     Benefits of Green Infrastructure and Retrofit Opportunities
     Dan Christian, Tetra Tech
10:00 - 10:15     Break
10:15 - 11:00     Prevention, Listing, and De-listing of 303(d) Impaired Waterways
     Jim Wise, ADEQ
11:00 - 12:00     TMDLs - What does it mean for the Illinois River Watershed?
     Phillip Massierer, FTN Associates
     Claudia Hosch, Associate Director, Water Quality Division, EPA Region 6
12:00 - 1:00     Catered Lunch
1:00 - 1:45     Local Codes and Ordinances
     Dan Christian, Tetra Tech
1:45 - 2:30     Construction Site BMPs, Inspections, and Effluent Limitation Guidelines
     Jamal Solaimanian, ADEQ
2:30 - 2:45     Break
2:45 - 3:15     MS4 Reporting and Program Audits
     Nick Willis, ADEQ
3:15 - 3:45     Managing Nutrient Runoff through Arkansas' Nutrient Regulations
     Patrick Fisk, AR Natural Resources Commission
3:45 - 4:30     Fayetteville's 5-Year Nutrient Management Plan
     Bob Morgan, Beaver Water District
     Sarah, Wrede, City of Fayetteville
4:30 - 6:00     Green Infrastructure Reception - sponsored by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership
Day 2
8:00 - 8:15Welcome
8:15 - 9:30     Panel Discussion: Building a Case for Green Infrastructure - Clear Creek Stormwater Management and Flooding
     Mayor Lioneld Jordan, City of Fayetteville (moderator)
     Mayor Doug Sprouse, City of Springdale
     Jerry Davison, Clear Creek property owner
     Charles Rhodes, Clear Creek property owner
     Beth Breed, FTN Associates, Ltd.
9:30 - 9:45     Break
9:45 - 12:00     Incorporating Green Infrastructure in Northwest Arkansas:
  • Bioretention (bioswales, rain gardens and green roofs)
    Kyle Engler, Sam's Club
    Brandon Nikolish, Wal-Mart
  • Eco-Vista Landfill
    Kirby Thompson, Waste Management
  • Green Infrastructure Planning Project
    Bob Caulk, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Commission
    Bob Morgan, Beaver Water District
    Patti Erwin, AR Forestry Commission
  • Sager Creek Project
    David Cameron, City of Siloam Springs


To register for the workshop, please download the registration form here (PDF) (1 pp, 92K).

Location and Parking

For more information and directions to the Fayetteville Town Center, visit Exit EPA Disclaimer. A parking deck is available below the building.
There are many hotels in area but the closest hotel (a one block walk) is
    The Cosmopolitan Hotel 70 Northeast Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 442-5555

Contact Us

If you have questions about the workshop or would like more information, please contact:
    Nelly Smith Environmental Engineer Permits & Technical Assistance Section (6WQ-PP) NPDES Permits & TMDLs Branch Water Quality Protection Division US EPA Region 6 1445 Ross Ave. Dallas TX 75202 Phone: (214) 665-7109 Fax: (214) 665-2191
This workshop is offered to all persons regardless of race, sex, marital status, age, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the Washington County Cooperative Extension Service office as soon as possible prior to the program at (479) 444-1755.

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