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.