Nonprofit Hopes to Get Grant to Educate Northwest Arkansans About River

April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:47 p.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The Illinois River flows through

Oklahoma and Arkansas and has been at the center of a dispute

between the two states. Oklahoma says poultry farms and other

operations in Arkansas are contributing to the river's pollution. A

nonprofit group called the Illinois River Watershed Partnership is

hoping to get a 300-thousand dollar federal grant to educate

northwest Arkansas residents about protecting the river.

Six-hundred people on the Arkansas side of the watershed would be

surveyed, the nonprofit would then conduct an education campaign

about damage that urban pollutants can do to the river, and the 600

people would be surveyed again to see if the campaign made any

difference. The University of Arkansas Survey Research Center would

conduct the telephone poll.

Oklahoma officials also are interested in surveying their

residents in their portion of the Illinois River watershed.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)