Lake Conway Watershed Stakeholder Meeting

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Lake Conway Watershed Stakeholder Meeting

Faulkner County Natural Resource Center

January 28, 2014


Members
Attending:


Dr.
Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas

Eric Cummings, University of Arkansas

Jeff Huber,
University of
Arkansas Community Design Center

James, McCarty, University of Arkansas

Stephen Luoni,
University of Arkansas Community Design Center

Raven Lawson, ADEQ

Richard Magee, Metroplan

Judy Watts, Metroplan

Rep. Douglas House

Pete Davidson
,
staff for Congressman
Tim Griffin

Nagel Champlin

Donna Champlin

Randy Easley

Smitty Burgess

Peggy
Vernon

Barbara Hansbraugh

Cissy Thornton

T. Thornton

Gram House

Allan Mueller

Sally Entrekin

Craig Swenson

Nichol Swenson

Genieve Long

Bill Beall

Mike Cagle

Megan Brown

Robert L.
Hill

Jimmy Rogers

Greg Dell

K.C. Larson

Arnold Hameister

Matt Schroeder

Alyssa Martinez

Robert Melton

Carolyn Melton

Tom

Ean
s

Lloy
d

Shirley

Nancy Shirley

Ronnach Day

David Vondran

Jack Johnson



Introduction

Dr. Matlock began his introduction
with a statement about the

uniqueness of
the
Lake Conway Point Remove (LCPR)
watershed and
the
importance of

the watershed
plan because it gives

authority to seek federal funding to address concerns for this
watershed.

The LCPR watershed cross municipal,
and county lines, and does not
make a whole lot of sense hydrologicaly either. However, it is the basic watershed
that was set up by the USGS and therefore the basic building block by which federal
funding can be attained through a 9
-
Element plan.


At t
his meeting, decisions will need to be made by the group about what its
priorities are moving forward.


The decision making process will be consensus at
best and at worst a majority vote

with documented dissenting voice
.

The priorities
decided by this gro
up, will help inform the 9
-
Element plant, which
will be submitted
to Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and then to EPA.

It is only after this
takes place that federal 319 project funding can be allocated to aid impaired streams
in the watershed. Foll
owing Dr. Matlock’s introduction, each attendee gave a brief
introduction.


Meeting Review

James McCarty
, University of Arkansas,

gave a brief review of the stakeholder
engagement process up until this meeting
.

The f
irst meetin
g was
o
n Sept
ember

26
,
2013

and the meeting covered
an overview of the project that was funded by ANRC
for the University of Arkansas to complete.
Also discussed was the project

timeline,
an
introduction to

EPA’s

9
-
Element watershed plan
,
and a

presentation

of the Low
Impact Develop
ment (LID) demonstration portion of the project
.


The second meeting was
on November

7
, 2013
and covered
the UA team’s current
progress on the EPA
9
-
Element plan, an
overview of modeling

the modelling efforts
currently underway
, and initial
governance and

structure

for watershed advocacy
groups
. The
EPA
9
-
E
lement plan is
the overarching umbrella under which the
hydrologic

modeling and
LID
demonstration sites

exist. UA is contracted to do three

LID demonstration sites. One is at the fairgrounds and the other is at UCA campus.
A
third has yet to be named.
The demons
tration sites slow

the water during rainfall
events to provide excessive stream flows that cause a range of water quality issues,
th
e primary being sedimentation
.


After the meeting review, the g
roup
took

a break to place dots on the map
showing
where they live
within

the watershed.

Most of the attendees are on the Lake
Conway side, however, some stakeholders from the rest of the wate
rshed were in
attendance.


Dr. Matlock announces that Feb. 5th will be a
watershed meeting in Morrilton. This
workshop will be facilitated by the division of agriculture and will cover all of the
information needed to form a watershed advocacy group. T
he UA team will be
presenting at the workshop to advocate for stakeholder for the LCPR watershed.


Watershed Advocacy Overview

Raven Lawson
, ADEQ,

presented

information on watershed advocacy groups.
The
average Arkansans uses 57 gallons of water per day.
T
he goal of watershed planning
is to protect our water ways. The USGS created a watershed categorization scheme
called hydrologic unit codes (HUC). These HUCs represent a common size of
watershed with smaller code numbers, such as HUC
-
2 representing
large
basins
such as the Mississippi River, and larger codes, such as the HUC
-
12 representing the
Lake Conway subcatchment.


Watersheds at the HUC
-
8 level are the common level for management decisions.
Each HUC
-
8 watershed in the state has a similarly sized d
rainage. It is for this
reason that the LCPR watershed is so strange. It is a hodge
-
podge of leftover
watersheds that were too small to be categorized as their own watershed.
Lake
Conway wate
rshed is a

"non
-
classic" type with
approx
imately

1100 square m
iles.
The following website contains a map of the 10 digit HUCs for the state of Arkansas:

http://aarms.cast.uark.edu


Watersheds cross county and city boundaries; decisions made in one watershed can
affect what
happens in other watersheds. Parts of 7 counties are included in the
LCPR

watershed. Cities include
Russellville
, Dardanelle, Pottsville, Atkins, Morrilton,
Conway, and Maumelle.


Stakeholders are anyone within a watershed who could be affected by water qu
ality
impairments or by activities in the watershed. Anyone who lives, works, or plays in
this area.

Stakeholders matter because they have unique social, economic and
environmental circumstances of their community.


ANRC has defined
LCPR

as one of their 1
0 priority watersheds for 2011
-
2016

non
-
point source management plan
.


Land use, water quality, population growth affect a
watershed's priority level. ANRC wants to give funding to
LCPR, but there has to be a
plan in place
.


We need it to identify pollutio
n sources and potential pollution sources to carry out
solutions. We cannot receive funding without a watershed plan. We need active
participation from stakeholders. The next step is form a group

which

is the most
effective way for stakeholders to become i
nvolved and to make a difference in the
management. Examples are given of

what other watershed groups do, such as
education.


The first steps of

forming a watershed group includes developing
a clearly defined
vision, mission, list of objectives, and stakeholder buy
-
in. ADEQ can help through the
process.


9
-
Element Plan Decision Points

Eric Cummings
,
University of Arkansas, presented

the 9
-
E
lement plan.


Elements
of
the plan include
:



Id. Cause
s and Sources of Pollution



Estimate Load Reductions



Describe management Measures and Critical Areas



Technical and Financial Assistance needed



Education and Information



Project Schedule



Milestones



Indicators



Monitoring


White Oak Creek

is the only non
-
point

source impaired stream in the watershed
without a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study completed. The

sediment
source that is impairing the stream
is listed as unknown.


(Following list is response from attendees)

Areas of Concern



Sedimentation

of Lake

Conway



Impacts

of oil and gas, row crop and animal agriculture, urban NPS impacts



Sedimentation

North of Gold Creek

-

both arms are contributors



Erosion

from forest burning activities



Northern part of Mayflower floods into cove and inlet



Raw

sewage off of Jackson Ave.



F
ailing septic systems



Faulkner Co. put more homes on water treatment facility and not all homes
were converted



Vegetation

on east side of the lake (invasive Alligator weed)



Lake Conway water quality issues



Rapid

development li
ke Walmart

-

Codes

and ordinances to address BMP
s

for urban construction



How

do we protect waterways fro
m runoff from urban
surfaces


Critical Areas



White Oak Creek and Little Creek



Sunnyside Creek, Center Ridge, Cypress Creek

o

Potential

for sedimentation from oil/gas development


Education



Let

folks know projects are local and input is needed such as meeting with
citizens from Atkins (Rep. House)