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  • On September 28th, the city of [Maumelle](https://www.maumelle.org/) partnered with local businesses to host the annual White Oak Bayou float trip. This event was hosted by the [Maumelle Chamber of Commerce](http://www.maumellechamber.com/) and was free and open to the public to attend. The event was a 2-mile guided float along the White Oak Bayou, led by [GBMc & Associates](https://www.gbmcassoc.com/) scientists/ecologists, to observe the natural resources and wildlife present in urban wetlands. The annual float trip provides a unique opportunity to engage the public and educate on the importance of urban wetlands. Three tours were led in total and the experience was fun for all ages! Also, in attendance were representatives of Congressman French Hill’s 2nd District! The White Oak Bayou is an urban natural area enjoyed by many. We hope to see you all at next year’s float! ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage1.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage2.png) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage3.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage4.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage5.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage6.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage7.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/floatimage8.png)
  • ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/beaverimage1.png) Much of the White Oak Bayou riverine and wetlands impoundments that exist today were created by beaver activity. Beaver activity continues to have a significant presence and effect in the watershed and has resulted in significant hydrologic and vegetation changes over the past 20 years. A test study was initiated in the summer of 2019 to determine if beaver dams could be hydrologically manipulated to reduce their negative impacts. The practical goal of the study was to evaluate if bayou water levels at beaver dams could be controlled to reduce water levels by up to one foot in a selected beaver-controlled reach of the White Oak Bayou. A Clemson beaver pond leveler was constructed and installed upstream of the Short Marche Road bridge. The design, developed by Clemson University, was implemented to reduce flooding in areas where beavers are present while still receiving the benefits associated with beaver ponds. This pond leveler will allow water to flow through the dam while minimizing detection of water flow by the beavers. Water levels at the location have been monitored thru collections of staff gage measurements since installation 2 months ago. Early stages of the study have documented lower levels being maintained in the reach. In addition to reducing beaver impacts on the wetlands and increasing the flood retention capacity of White Oak Bayou the pond leveler should accommodate for the safety of the beavers that live in the bayou. ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/beaverimage2.jpeg) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/beaverimage3.jpeg)
  • Click this link for more information: [WHITE OAK BAYOU FLOAT TRIP](http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=armau&evtid=64363&class=B&fbclid=IwAR2h5KRCu3COy4agp9t3WR8jgwSlkYFp8tvAqzNpcGTQoVvCFOR_tTY6vps) ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/float_trip.jpg)
  • Click this link for more information: [WHITE OAK BAYOU FLOAT TRIP](http://www.chamberdata.net/webforms/EvtListing.aspx?dbid2=armau&evtid=58291&class=B)
  • ![](http://whiteoakbayou.com/static/django_project/img/bo.jpg) Bo Sutton presents a poster at OBU on his water quality monitoring study in the White Oak Bayou
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  • The White Oak Bayou Wetland Conservancy was incorporated in the State of Arkansas on November 27, 2018 and is currently seeking non-profit status. This volunteer organization will oversee management activities in the White Oak Bayou in cooperation with the City of Maumelle and other local partners, hopefully for many years to come.
  • The White Oak Bayou Management Plan was the focus of this year’s Wetland Scientists (SWS) South Central Chapter annual meeting and workshop in October 2018. The workshop focused on the processes involved in Wetland Management Planning, accomplishments in White Oak Bayou, and lessons learned. The workshop covered all aspects of the White Oak Bayou Management Plan including the early stages of assembling the Technical Advisory Committee and Steering Committee, initiating public education and outreach, developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the bayou, conducting hydrogeomorphic (HGM) wetland assessments and development of key management measures. After the workshop, participants took a field trip out to White Oak Bayou to hike through the beautiful wetlands near the main channel of White Oak Bayou and stop by the observation deck behind the baseball fields off Country Club Parkway.
  • The latest Wetland Program Development Grant from the USEPA funds monitoring and assessment work in the bayou that will be primarily completed by three new university partners. Arkansas Tech University, led by Dr. Jorista Garrie, will be looking at plant communities in the wetlands and how impacts/threats can be ascertained. Ouachita Baptist University, led by Dr. Tim Knight, will be monitoring water quality of the main incoming tributaries to the wetlands and analyzing water samples for several possible constituents, including sediment and nutrients. And last but not least, Lyon College will be completing various ecological assessments in the watershed led by a long time friend of the WOB, Dr. Allyn Dodd. Allyn completed her Masters degree research on WOB wetlands several years ago, and will now be involved again in the project! We are excited to have all these new partners involved with this important work. The results of the assessment and monitoring work will be used to measure impacts and potential stressors/threats to wetlands and to help develop mitigation targets for these wetlands in the watershed.
  • ## [PUBLIC NOTICE No. SWL 1776-06988](https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/Article/1505662/swl-1776-06988/) > TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Comments are invited on a proposal by the Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to officially exclude the White Oak Bayou watershed located in Pulaski County, Arkansas, from compensatory mitigation bank and in-lieu fee service areas unless the bank or in-lieu fee program is located within the White Oak Bayou watershed. Please see the Public Involvement section for details on submitting comments.
  • WhiteOakBayou.com is currently in the process of migrating to a new home. Expect some momentary downtime and minor problems with the layout over the following week or so. We appreciate your patience and apologize in advance for any issues you might encounter.
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Civic Room of the Jess Odom Community Center The last Steering Committee Meeting: April 19, 2017. Click here for Meeting Minutes Check out the Cypress Knee for updated information!


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History

The White Oak Bayou Wetland Management Plan project began in 2008 with the task of mapping wetlands within the White Oak Bayou watershed. The initial mapping was completed through the use of existing wetland delineation boundaries and aerial photo interpretation. This included creating a geographic information system (GIS) to continue refining mapping efforts within the watershed. To date nearly 1500 acres of wetlands have been mapped.

In 2009 a guidance document was developed which laid out steps to be taken in developing an effective Wetland Management Plan for the watershed. Since developing the guidance document, several other components of the project have been completed. A Technical Advisory Committee was created to provide assistance with scientific and technical guidance, and a Steering Committee of stakeholders was formed to guide the development of the Wetland Management Plan.

In 2010 a wetland assessment project was started to evaluate the ecological function of different types of wetlands in the watershed. Other science based efforts have included the completion of a master's thesis by a graduate student from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), several UCA undergraduate research projects, water quality and biological sampling of the channel of White Oak Bayou by Arkansas DEQ, vegetation surveys by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and documentation of groundwater seeps on the Camp Robinson military base.

A lot of public outreach and education has also taken place including wetland field tours, public presentations, public display booths, and wetland education at Maumelle Middle School. The Cypress Knee newsletter was developed to provide updates about the project and also includes information related to wetland education.

If you would like to stay in touch with what's going on, join the newsletter email list by emailing thecypressknee@swbell.net and request that your email be added to the list. The project has been funded through Wetland Program Development Grants awarded to the city of Maumelle by EPA Region 6, Dallas, Texas.