December 2022
Enjoy Nature in the Winter Too
Many people in our region look forward to the spring when floating season begins and the landscape becomes verdant and plush. Or summer, when we’re all looking to beat the heat in a river, lake, or swimming pool. Or fall when we get some relief from sweltering temperatures and a few weeks to enjoy the perfect hiking weather. But winter is a majestic time for getting outside and enjoying our state’s natural beauty too.

We are all blessed with boundless outdoor adventures right in our regions’ backyard. With the leaves gone from the trees, I love watching for hawks who are peering into the field ready to dive for their dinner. As I rode the paved trails in Fayetteville last week, I hit the brakes when I saw a beautiful great blue heron patiently searching for its next meal. It was belly deep in a wetland in north Fayetteville, and it didn’t startle when I pulled up. I was amazed at its commitment and so I stayed to watch it for a while. As I focused on how much it was focused, I also was taken by the beauty of the water. The water was calm and the reflection of the land and sky so vibrant. It reminded me that wetlands offer not only water quality benefits, but they also provide habitat and food resources for our magnificent birds and other wildlife, and aesthetic beauty for people to observe.

Later this month I’ll join some friends for a backpacking adventure around the Hurricane Creek Natural area. Then I’ll head to Petit Jean State Park with family and friends for a weekend of exploring the woods with kids and adults alike. Whatever it is you like to do, chances are doing it over the winter is a fabulous idea too. Keep exploring!

From the Desk of Erin Scott
Senior Policy and Program director
News and Events in the Ozarks!
While you shop, Amazon donates to H2Ozarks!
In this season of giving, and any time you shop, please shop Amazon Smile and support the Upper White River Basin Foundation, dba H2Ozarks, as your charity for support.

You shop, Amazon gives back!

It is that generously simple.

Hollister Chamber Luncheon

Our Chief Operating Officer, Carin Love, had the pleasure of speaking at the Hollister Monthly Luncheon. We would like to thank Hollister Chamber for allowing us to share information on our organization.
Septic Pump Out Rebate
H2Ozarks is providing a $50.00 septic tank pump out rebate to homeowners located around Table Rock Lake in Stone and Southeast Barry Counties in Missouri thanks to a grant from the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation!

For additional information, visit the website below, or call (417) 739-5001.
Buffalo River Watershed
Arkansas Launches Septic Remediation Program!
Our Arkansas Septic Remediation Program expanded to include Buffalo River Watershed!

Technical and financial resources available. Up to 90% in grant $$ available to replace or repair your septic system.

Contact Stefanie Reynolds at 479.225.2963 or email for more information.
Stream Team Plate

Get a Stream Team plate for a friend or family member.
$25 a year donation plus $15 to the MO Department of Revenue.
Thank you Sponsors!!
This year we has 52 teams led by captains who organized a total of 515 volunteers to work together to clean our waterways! These volunteers put in 1,538 hours into cleaning the shoreline. They collected 388 bags of trash from the shoreline, this is about 9,300 pounds of trash! We would again like to thank the 31 business sponsors who helped make this event happen! Thank you for helping in the effort to hav Cleaner Water Together!
The H2Ozarks Team
David Casaletto
Carin Love
Jerry Harman
Program Director
Erin Scott
Senior Policy and Program Director
Shelly Dare Smith
Arkansas Program Manager
Stefanie Z Reynolds
Arkansas Project Coordinator
Olivia Magnes
Outreach Coordinator