Upper White River Basin Foundation

Our Mission: To promote water quality in the upper White River basin watershed thorough bi-state collaboration on research, public policy and action projects in Arkansas and Missouri


Hourly Lake Levels at:     Table Rock         Beaver        Bull Shoals          Norfork


                                      Survey Says: 81% Feel Area Water Quality is Good or Very Good!                   



The Board of Trustees of Ozarks Water Watch commissioned a 2014 survey to assess the opinions and perceptions of residents in the Upper White River Basin region of Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri about water quality issues in area lakes and rivers. This survey represents the second in a series first conducted in 2008. This year's questions were kept consistent with those asked in the initial survey so that changes in perceptions could be tracked over time. Click HERE for the complete 2014 survey. For the 2008 survey, click HERE.



Onsite System (Septic) Remediation Project


A program to replace or repair failing septic systems in the Upper White River watershed in Missouri.


Click HERE for information and application packet


2015 Status of the Watershed Report

Greatly expanded for 2015!

(Data collected in 2014)

• 700 Dissolved Oxygen values
• 1,145 Total Nitrogen values
• 1,477 Total Phosphorus values
• 265 E. coli values
• 180 Invertebrate scores
• 305 Water Clarity readings

NEW: Online interactive map

Ozarks Water Watch has published the 2015 “Status of the Watershed” report intended to answer the question, “How’s the water?", in the Upper White River basin. Using water quality data collected in the watershed in 2013, this science based report is published annually to promote public awareness and understanding about the quality of the water in our rivers and lakes. Click on the image above to view the 12 page report. New for 2014: Trends and Regional Water Quality! The previous year's reports along with all the supporting data is available at the link below.

Click Here for the Previous Years & Supporting Data for the Status of the Watershed Reports


From the President


The Ozarks is blessed with an abundance of water in our rivers, lakes and streams. But population growth, economic development and changing agricultural practice are threatening our water resources. The future depends on our ability to sustain the quality of Ozark waters for drinking, recreation, tourism, business and agriculture.

The Ozarks Water Watch Foundation works on a bi-state basis to keep Ozark waters clean. This website offers an introduction to who we are and what we do.

We invite you to join us in this important effort.

---David Casaletto

From the Board Chairman

Just as no man is an island every man or woman in the Ozarks plays a part in keeping our waters clean, beautiful, healthy and useful. We of the Foundation welcome you to our mission and our vision for what the lakes and streams of the Ozarks are today and will be tomorrow.

---Peter Herschend
Board Chairman

Check out these Water Quality Resources

"Living with Land and Water"
Landowners Guide to
Streamside Living Booklet (PDF)



H2Ozarks - a water quality commitment

H2Ozarks - a water quality commitment

Click on the picture above to start H2Ozarks - a water quality commitment


Bi-State Memorandum of Agreement between Arkansas and Missouri Regarding  Cooperation on Water Quality Issues In the   States' Shared Water Resources                    

On November 24, 2008, Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas and Matt Blunt, the governor of Missouri, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the 2 states promoting cooperation in water quality and water quantity issues. The governors' pledged the cooperation of the relevant state agencies to protect water quality and water quantity and ensure the use of the shared water resources for the economic benefit of both states. Use the link below to view the entire MOA:

Bi-State Memoramdum of Agreement 2008

Report to Governors on Bi-State MOA 2010

Upper White River Basin



Click on map to enlarge

Watch Our Documentary Here!


White River Heritage:

Guarding the Treasure



Guarding The Treasure


Click on the picture above to start White River Heritage: Guarding the Treasure

Ozark Waters Newsletters


                       The State of Missouri's Streams Report               





Click HERE or on picture above

to view this report





Ozarks Water Watch
P.O. Box 636, 2 Kissee Ave., Ste C
Kimberling City, MO 65686
Phone: 417-739-5001
Arkansas Office:
1200 W. Walnut, Ste. 3405
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 295-7717

Last Updated: January 26, 2016