What are some accomplishments of the Bayou Bartholomew Alliance?
Since its incorporation, the Alliance has
achieved many things that we are proud of. None of the following
would have been possible without the help and cooperation of
volunteers, landowners, state and federal agencies, and private
1) Worked to insure that the Bayou Bartholomew
was listed as an impaired stream and listed in the top ten by
the state of Arkansas for water quality restoration. This made
both state and federal assistance programs available to landowners
who voluntarily enrolled in conservation practices.
2) Has provided nearly 1.75 million hardwood
tree seedlings to landowners. Riparian corridors have been established
along the Bayou for an estimated 100 miles encompassing nearly
27 square miles of new forest.
3) Obtained grants to hire personnel in county
conservation district offices to accelerate conservation planning
on farms under the direction of Natural Resources Conservation
Service District Conservationists.
4) With hundreds of volunteers, BBA has removed
169 tons of trash from the Bayou Bartholomew.
5) Has disseminated information on the ecological
and historical significance of the Bayou Bartholomew by giving
100’s of presentations to schools, civic clubs, church
groups, and government personnel. Has conducted workshops for
teachers and developed teaching modules on topics relative to
the bayou for use in science programs. Workshops have also been
given to thousands of Hunter Education students on wildlife
management and habitat protection. Environmental Science merit
badge classes have been given to hundreds of Boy Scouts.
6) Has obtained grants to construct some eight
demonstration projects directed at major soil erosion problems
on landowners property.
7) Has obtained funds to modify an old weir
to demonstrate how such weirs should be constructed to allow
for both fish passage and small watercraft passage and maintain
8) Has established a conservation easement
program to protect existing riparian hardwood forests, thereby
giving landowners the opportunity to preserve the forests and
still obtain some financial benefit.
9) On donated properties, BBA has constructed
a 1.78 mile-long nature trail along the Bayou Bartholomew in
Pine Bluff. This allows community use, preserves the stream,
prevents erosion, and offers educational opportunities. Some
landowners have donated additional property to allow further
trail development in the city. A second trail was recently developed.
10) Has conducted a series of workshops to
educate landowners and timber harvesters as to methods to insure
that logging practices have minimal impacts on water quality
in the bayou.
11) Has kept the public informed by producing
a quarterly newsletter, having articles published in newspapers,
TV appearances, and giving tours.
12) Formed a Technical Support Group which
is composed of representatives from state, federal, and local
agencies as well as private industry. All uses of the Bayou
Bartholomew’s natural resources are represented, from
landowners to government to environmental interests. This group
provides continuous direction and the updating of strategies
to restore the Bayou Bartholomew.
13) Has modified over sixty logjams to prevent
in-channel bank erosion and allow passage of fish and recreational
boats up and down the Bayou.
14) Has helped to create three new concrete
boat ramps and parking lots along the Bayou Bartholomew.