Archey Fork Restoration Phase I and II Complete
Today representatives from Southwestern Energy (SWN), the community of Clinton and The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas celebrated the completion of Phases I and II of the Archey Fork River Restoration Project at Archey Fork Park.
“The environmental and recreational benefits that have been achieved through this project are impressive, and we are proud to be a part of this successful partnership with The Nature Conservancy,” Mark Boling, President of V+ Development Solutions. “The importance of protecting and enhancing our water resources cannot be overstated. That is why we at Southwestern Energy established our initiative, ECH2O: Energy Conserving Water, in an effort to become neutral in our use of fresh water and have developed partnerships with organizations like The Nature Conservancy to enhance local watersheds within the areas we operate. As the fourth largest producer of natural gas in the continental United States, we recognize our ability to serve as industry leaders in the development of America’s abundant supply of natural gas in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
The Conservancy has been working with many partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Arkansas Canoe Club, local landowners, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the City of Clinton to restore a 3.2-mile stretch of the Upper Little Red River at the confluence of the South Fork and Archey Fork that was straightened and widened in the mid-1980s for flood control.
“Thanks to the generous gifts from Southwestern Energy and the work of the community of Clinton and many partners, we are restoring a place that is already providing recreation opportunities for the City of Clinton as well as providing habitat for many species that call the Archey Fork River home. We are excited to be a part of this project,” stated Scott Simon, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas.
The restoration strategy is based on the science of natural channel design and incorporates channel shaping and construction of in-channel rock structures. The goals of the project are to reduce stream bank erosion, restore channel stability, and improve aquatic habitat, water quality, and recreation opportunities, while maintaining the flood control role of the existing floodway.
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