White River to Get Scrutiny by Anti-Pollution Staff

FEBRUARY 2, 2006 - Posted at 8:02 a.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says its staff has begun surveying the Middle Fork of the White River, upstream from Beaver Lake, looking for sources of pollution.

Members of ADEQ's Environmental Preservation and Technical Services Division are surveying the 23 miles of the river and its watershed in northwest Arkansas.  Nat Nehus, ADEQ chief ecologist, said sedimentation from runoff and stream bank erosion are major factors in the river.  He said the three-year assessment is intended to identify and address areas of concern.

Nehus said the vast majority of the survey will take place in Washington County, with a tiny portion involving Madison County.  The watershed covers just over 75 square miles of the Boston Mountains and Ozark Highlands area.

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