Group forming for local stream conservation

Anyone interested in watershed and stream conservation is invited to attend the first meeting of the Stream Team at Southern Arkansas University. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in room 105 of the SAU Science Center.

Funding for the SAU Stream Team is courtesy of a grant recently awarded to Pablo Bacon, SAU assistant professor of biology. The mini-grant was given by Ben Thesing, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Stream Team Region III coordinator.

The SAU Stream Team will be involved in restoration and conservation of Dorcheat Bayou, according to Bacon. Included in the mission will be trash clean-ups, water quality monitoring, biological monitoring or local species and studies on imperiled and endangered species.

The Stream Team program is an outreach and volunteer initiative by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. It enables concerned citizens and community groups to become involved in stream and watershed conservation. Efforts revolve around three primary aspects of stream conservation: education, advocacy and stewardship.

To find out more, please consider attending the meeting or contact Bacon at PabloBacon@SAUmag.edu or (870) 235-5192.

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