Watershed Conservation Resource Center

The primary activity of the organization is to provide technical and planning services for the protection, conservation, and restoration of watershed resources for the well being of communities and society.

The Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC) provides specialized assistance concerning watershed resource issues to a variety of organizations including; watershed groups; local, state and federal governments; non-profit organizations; conservation districts; and other entities that request assistance.

The diverse environmental background and experience of the staff enable the WCRC to provide a wide range of technical and planning support.

Pictured to the right: Mullins Branch project on the University of Arkansas Campus


The River Institute Property at Dead Horse Mountain Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas, features a family of River Otters. Watch them swim below.


~WCRC and The River Commons & Institute featured in the KUAF podcast May 6, 2024  NPR – Ozarks at Large – WCRC: River Commons and Institute

~The U of A Community Design Center’s Framework Plan for Watershed Conservation Resource Center’s Riverine Commons and Institute received a citation in the 2023 Progressive Architecture Awards. The project was featured in the March issue of Architect Magazine.

~War Eagle Creek Watershed Initiative Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – EPA Success Story.

~Watershed Conservation Resource Center receives the ARKANSAS STATE CONSERVATIONIST’S PARTNERSHIP AWARD – ORGANIZATION from the  USDA NRCS 

~Ozarks At Large ~ West Fork White River EPA Cites Collaborative Effort to Restore West Fork White River in Arkansas

~Nonpoint Source Success Story: Restoration Project Reduce Sediment in the West Fork White River(WFWR). In 2016 WCRC was awarded a $4.3 million NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant with an additional $4.4 million of match provided by local partners to improve conditions in the WFWR watershed. See the RCPP project in our drop down menu.

~WCRC and the Dead Horse Property featured in the KUAF podcast March 10, 2021. Grant Funds Master Plan for Dead Horse Mountain Wetland Restoration

~WCRC featured in NWA Democrat/Gazette, March 8, 2021 Effort underway to restore wetland area in Fayetteville, Improve public access

WCRC is working with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC) who was awarded a National Endowment of Arts grant to develop a Public Access Master Plan. news.uark.edu/articles

The UACDC developed the design for WCRC’s vision, The River Institute of Northwest Arkansas. To read more on The River Institute, please follow this link The River Institute of NWA – Donate

~WCRC is featured in the News Release from USDA-ARKANSAS, (See the 3rd entry),

~WCRC featured in NWA Democrat/Gazette, September 22, 2020 issue, Rod and reel research: Project aims to improve water quality in stream 

~WCRC’s Tyler Anderson in NWA Democrat/Gazette photos during the 15th Annual West Fork of the White River Cleanup.

Arkansas Game and Fish 2019 Conservation Award

Watershed Conservation Resource Center receiving the Arkansas Game and Fish 2019 Conservation Award     Left to Right: Pat Fitts/Director AGFC, Sandi Formica/Exec. Director WCRC, Matt Van Eps/Assoc. Director WCRC, Ford Overton/Commission Chairman AGFC 2012-2019.

Our Services

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  • Stream Restoration Design
  • Stream Restoration Construction Oversight
  • Stream Morphology Surveying
  • Streambank Erosion Monitoring
  • Watershed Assessments
  • Water quality monitoring
  • GIS mapping and natural resource database development

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