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Funding available for White County water project

 Funding available for White County water project

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mike Sullivan announced funding is available to agricultural producers through an Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) project in a portion of White County. Producers in the project area have until June 3 to sign up for 2011 funding.

The Little Red River Irrigation Project, a partnership between NRCS and the Little Red River Irrigation District, is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quantity and quality concerns in the Little Red River Watershed.

“The project area encompasses approximately 83,838 acres southeast of Searcy containing approximately 34,000 acres of irrigated cropland,” Sullivan said.

Electric vehicle rally slated for May 6

Electric vehicle rally slated for May 6

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Interest in electric vehicles continues to grow in the United States and in Arkansas the interest has led to a record number of entrants in the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Electric Vehicle Rally.

More than 170 students from 12 schools are slated for the starting grid of the rally that is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at the Pulaski Tech – South Campus in Little Rock.

Students will compete in an exciting and challenging mix of competitions designed to test the teams’ and their vehicles’ abilities. The public is invited to attend the rally events, which begin at 9 a.m. There is no charge to attend the event.

“This contest has grown tremendously since our first rally in 2003,” said Rob Roedel, manager of corporate communications for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Your chance to win during $50,000 Energy Efficiency contest

Your chance to win  during $50,000 Energy Efficiency contest

Little Rock, Ark. — May 2, 2011 — The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas announce the Fourth Annual $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest beginning on Monday, May 2.

"The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas consistently strive to assist cooperative members with energy efficiency throughout the year, but for the past four summers the effort has included a $50,000 energy efficiency makeover contest," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "The local cooperatives work tirelessly to educate members about the benefits of energy efficiency. The annual makeover contest is a great statewide effort to highlight the cooperatives’ commitment to members."

The grand prize winner of the makeover receives up to $50,000 in energy-efficiency improvements.

Corps issues small craft advisory for Arkansas River

Corps issues small craft advisory for Arkansas River

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., -  The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River in Arkansas because recent heavy rains have caused flows to rise.  During the high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft.

Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam at Fort Smith were about 160,000 cubic feet per second and climbing.  Flows at Dardanelle Lock and Dam at Russellville were 171,000 c.f.s. and are climbing.  Flows at Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock were about 80,000 c.f.s. and are climbing.  Flows at Emmett Sanders Lock and Dam at Pine Bluff were about 70,000 c.f.s.

ADEQ selects finalists for environmental award

ADEQ selects finalists for environmental award

One of five finalists will be chosen later this month to receive the 2011 Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (“ENVY Award”), presented by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to recognize efforts to enhance and protect Arkansas’ natural resources. The winning entry will be announced during the April 22 meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) at the ADEQ headquarters building, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, as one of the featured events during the agency’s annual Earth Week observance.

The “ENVY Award” was established by the ADEQ in 2005 to honor a major contribution by an individual or organization involving environmental stewardship activities in Arkansas.

"Grow a Film" competition seeks entries

"Grow a Film" competition seeks entries

Filmmakers are invited to create a 5-12 minute film exploring the theme Nature as the Third Place (along with the home and the workplace) for the Walton Arts Center and Seedling Film Association's Grow a Film Project.

Go green, make green

Go green, make green

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - How do you market your green business without mowing down all your hard earned green? Join SBNCA for our monthly “lunch and learn” how to sustain your marketing effectiveness in this new (and green) marketplace.

Janie Pritchett-Clark is a 30-year veteran of the advertising industry. She is the publisher of the Arkansas greenZine, the only carbon neutral green magazine in the Natural state, which is going into its second year. She also publishes the Northwest Arkansas Business to Business (NwaB2B) guide focused on small business and entrepreneurs. Janie will share industry trends and tips on targeting green consumers, ideas for building a marketing foundation, and gaining awareness in your marketplace.

The workshop is Tuesday, April 12 from 12-1pm at the Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock).