Arkansas Environment

Water Plan For Arkansas Is Nearly Complete

Jul 23, 2015
Lake Maumelle
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

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
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

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.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (4th District) speaking in 2013 at the Arkansas Capitol when he was a State Rep.
Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman's first piece of major legislation is to go up for a final vote Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

KUAR's Chris Hickey has a look at what the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 would do and why it came about.

Westerman has a background in forestry, having received a Master's Degree in the subject from Yale University. So it goes that Westerman turned his Congressional attention to a bill affecting management of forests on federal land.

Sierra Club Glen Hooks
Lilyan Kauffman

The Arkansas Public Service Commission on Wednesday grant limited status to the Arkansas Sierra Club’s request to intervene in Entergy Arkansas Inc.’s $167 million rate case, saying the environmental group had established “specific interests” to participate in the regulatory docket.

Little Italy

The Little Rock City Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a resolution opposing efforts by the Little Italy community in Pulaski County to become its own municipality.

Kristy Eanes, co-chair of the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force, says residents filed a petition to become its own city in hopes of preserving its historic, rural atmosphere as Little Rock continues to expand westward. Fewer than 400 people live in the community.

Despite a federal appeals court's rejection of a lawsuit challenging a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that would curb carbon emissions from power plants, Arkansas may still litigate the issue as the rule is finalized this summer. The proposed rule, known as 111(d), would require that Arkansas's electric utilities reduce carbon emissions at their power plants by 44 percent by the year 2030. The national target is a 30 percent emissions reduction.

U.S. Court Of Appeals Throws Out EPA Challenge On Clean Power Plan

Jun 9, 2015
Leslie Rutledge attorney general

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial Clean Power Plan by attorneys general in several states, including Arkansas.

Mayflower Oil Spill

The utility which provides drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Central Arkansans says three provisions of an agreement between the state, federal government and the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company are “unacceptable.”