- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says Monday is the deadline to register for its 2014 Watershed Conference and pre-conference workshops.

The conference is set Nov. 20-21 in Eureka Springs, with preconference activities on Nov. 19. The theme, “Connecting Communities, Protecting Watersheds,” reflects the importance of involving all Arkansans in helping keep all the state’s bodies of water clean and safe.

Rick Bonney will give the conference keynote address, Saving the World Through Citizen Science. Bonney is co-author of the book “Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research” and the director of program development and evaluation at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He helped start the lab’s citizen science program to involve the public in scientific investigation and environmental conservation.

Two pre-conference workshops will offer training for educators and volunteers.

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