Fears among landowners that designating the White River as a National Blueway could lead to new regulations or land seizures has prompted three Arkansas agencies to dampen their support for the label.
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Arkansas Waterways Commission said at a Wednesday legislative hearing that the Blueway designation could hinder conservation work with landowners who don't want federal interference.
With temperatures nearing 100, state health officials say people need to be extremely cautious when outdoors. Too much exposure can cause heat exhaustion and heat strokes.
Doctor Gary Wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health says it’s important to pay attention to early signs of dehydration.
“Particularly people who are outside working, they'll start to get muscle cramps and that kind of thing. They're probably losing sweat, losing salt, and they should recognize that's a problem and not just keep working through it," says Wheeler.