Get Involved

There are many ways for the public to get involved! From shoreline clean ups to golf tournaments, Ozarks Water Watch needs sponsors and volunteers who believe in our mission and are willing to help! The public can also donate to water quality by making a tax-deductible contribution or advocating for cleaner waterways in Missouri and Arkansas.

ARKANSAS

Ozarks Water Watch has a mission to promote water quality in the Upper White River Basin through bi-state collaboration on research, education, and public policy. We strive to protect these watersheds through monitoring, outreach, and education. Beaver Lake, Kings River, and other sub watersheds are a part of the Upper White River Basin in Arkansas. Beaver Lake alone provides drinking water to over 400,000 residents.

MISSOURI

Ozarks Water Watch has a mission to promote water quality in the Upper White River Basin through bi-state collaboration on research, education, and public policy. We strive to protect the lakes and its watershed through monitoring, outreach, and education. The Upper White River Basin includes Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake, and other sub watersheds that encompass many rivers, creeks, and streams in the Ozarks.
OUR WORK

State Policies

Ozarks Water Watch participates in the policy or rule-making process by attending stakeholder meetings and providing written comments to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. The public is encouraged to participate and has the right to submit a comment during the public comment period.

Septic Management

Failing septic systems are one of the major contributors of E.coli bacteria contamination and excessive nutrient loading into the Upper White River Basin. Ozarks Water Watch strives to improve the water quality of the Upper White River Basin by reducing the introduction of waste byproducts from entering the ground and surface waters from failing septic systems.

Water Quality Monitoring

Ozarks Water Watch coordinates and supports volunteers who help us collect stream and lake water samples at various locations throughout our watersheds!

Agricultural BMPs

Ozarks Water Watch supports and promotes the implementation of agricultural BMPs in the Upper White River Basin.

Clean Marina

The Clean Marina program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that encourages marina operators and recreational boaters to protect water quality by engaging in environmentally sound operating and maintenance procedures. The goal of this program is to improve and protect the water quality in both Arkansas and Missouri.