Arkansas Environment

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A day after President Obama unveiled the centerpiece of his climate change proposal, representatives from Entergy Arkansas Inc. and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) are taking a wait-and-see approach before responding publicly to how they will deal with the historic environmental mandate.

Arkansas Nuclear One Entergy power plant
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Arkansas’s top elected officials, all Republicans, are roundly denouncing the finalized Clean Power Plan announced Monday by President Barack Obama’s administration as an expensive overreach of authority, while health and environmental advocates are praising the Environmental Protection Agency rule as a needed step to combat climate change and adverse health impacts tied to coal energy production. Meanwhile, the state's governor is calling for a plan of compliance to be developed despite his opposition to the federal rule.

A drainage ditch filled with oil from the Pegasus Pipeline rupture in Mayflower in 2014.
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Two subsidiaries of ExxonMobil say they won't move the Pegasus Pipeline from beneath the watershed where Central Arkansas gets most of its drinking water.

Earlier this month, Central Arkansas Water utility officials asked a federal judge to reject a proposed settlement among the companies and state and federal agencies over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower unless the companies agreed to move the pipeline out of the Lake Maumelle watershed.

Biologists at the University of Arkansas are using a federal grant to track the migration of the familiar American woodcock, a bird whose population is slowly declining across eastern North America.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded nearly $50,000 for the project to the U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which is housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission continues to hold public meetings across the state taking comments on its comprehensive water plan. In Little Rock, commission staff presented the plan and fielded questions from citizens on Wednesday.

 

Todd Fugitt, Geology Supervisor at the Commission, said the new plan would encompass nearly every aspect of water policy. It is the first such update in nearly 25 years, he said, primarily because a lack in funding has prevented the Commision from conducting one.

A Wall Street-based nonprofit initiative funded and chaired by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Clinton administration Treasurer Hank Paulson released a report Tuesday that says Arkansas’ soybean production could decline by 25% due to warmer temperatures caused by climate change.

Water Plan For Arkansas Is Nearly Complete

Jul 23, 2015
Lake Maumelle
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Since 2012, The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has been working on drafting a plan that will be in place until 2050. Final public meetings on the final rules in the plan are taking place across the state. Next year, Arkansas should have a new water plan in place. 

More International Recognition For Little Rock’s Creative Corridor

Jul 22, 2015
Main Street Little Rock creative corridor
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The architecture plan to transform Main Street Little Rock into the Creative Corridor has been recognized again.

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architect’s plan, “The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization for Little Rock,” won Honorable Mention in Urban Design (Concept) of the International Awards 2015 sponsored by Architecture Podium.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed a retired Chevrolet dealer from Stuttgart to be a new member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Hutchinson announced the appointment of Joe Morgan Wednesday to a seven year term. Morgan, who succeeds outgoing commissioner Ron Duncan of Springdale, said he looks forward to working with people at the agency to ensure the state's wildlife diversity.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District and the Arkansas Waterways Commission signed a $3 million cost-sharing agreement Thursday to fund a study meant to ensure the Arkansas River remains navigable. Meanwhile, water is currently overtopping one of the structures that makes that navigation possible.

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