Fourche Creek

Protecting important urban wetlands

For nearly a decade, Audubon Arkansas has spearheaded a growing effort to protect the Fourche Creek Watershed, arguably the most important urban watershed in the state of Arkansas. The watershed drains and filters runoff from Little Rock, Arkansas’s capital.

Despite years of abuse and neglect, Fourche Creek continues to support a highly diverse population of flora and fauna and an 1,800 acre core bottomland region that still maintains its wetland functions and character.

The Fourche Awakens

Fourche Creek: Urban Stream in a Natural Setting

Coursing along the southern reaches of Arkansas's capital city, Fourche Creek provides a natural escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Fourche Creek Watershed
Conservation

Fourche Creek Watershed

The 108,800-acre Fourche (pronounced "fush") Creek Watershed includes six third-order streams and nine primary tributaries.

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Friends of Fourche Creek
Conservation

Friends of Fourche Creek

A partnership to protect one of the nation's largest urban wetlands

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Floating Fourche Creek
Conservation

Floating Fourche Creek

Miles of floatable creek located right in the heart of Little Rock.

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Drain Smart
Conservation

Drain Smart

Art + conservation combined

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Drain Markers
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Drain Markers

Do not pollute. Drains directly to creek

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Little Rock Sustainability Summit 2016

Fourche Creek recreation was the focus of Little Rock's 2016 Sustainability Summit. Join Mayor Mark Stodola on a float along Fourche and meet some of the Friends of Fourche Creek.

2016 City of Little Rock Sustainability Summit Video

News & Updates

2018 Drain Smart Meet the Artists Celebration

2018 Meet the Artists Celebration
Photo: Susan Williamson

Over 200 people attended the 2018 Drain Smart Meet the Artists Celebration at the Centre at University Park on June 26. Guests talked with the artists about their murals, voted for their favorite art, donated to support the project, and learned that you should never litter because trash on the street gets washed into our creeks through storm drains. Checkout photos from the event by Susan Williamson. Vote online now through July 26. The top three vote-getters win prize money.

Thanks to our caterers: Bravo! Flyway Brewing, and Lake Liquor. Michael Eubanks performed wonderful jazz. Thanks also to our 2018 Drain Smart sponsors: The Bernice Garden, Central Arkansas Library System, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Hillcrest Residents Association, Hillcrest Merchants Association, and the Promenade at Chenal. Support for Drain Smart is also provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thanks to Audubon's awesome partners who help make Drain Smart happen: Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, Central Arkansas Water, City of Little Rock, Friends of Fourche Creek, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, The Promenade at Chenal, and THV11.

Vote for Your Favorite Drain Smart Mural

Vote for your favorite 2018 Drain Smart mural now through July 26.  One vote per email. Top three vote-getters win prize money.

Fourche Fest Photos
Fourche Creek

Fourche Fest!

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate what makes Fourche Creek special

Flora & Fauna of Fourche Creek
Fourche Creek

Flora & Fauna of Fourche

How many species call Fourche Creek home?

Drain Smart Project Encourages Environmental Awareness

An interview with artist Diann Blevins

Drain Smart is now accepting applications online at drain-smart.org.

Fighting Invasives Along Fourche

Floatable trash isn't the only junk found along Fourche Creek. Non-native, invasive plant species such as Chinese Privet, Chinese Tallow Tree, Red-tipped Photina, and Japanese Honeysuckle line the creek and dominate the forest understory in many places. To start restoring the health of Fourche Bottoms Audubon Arkansas is using mechanical and chemical control of invasive plants at two public access points. Between Benny Craig Park and Interstate Park we are clearing 4,000 linear feet of Fourche Creek streambank plus about 12 acres of adjacent parkland with help from the City of Little Rock and Central Arkansas Master Naturalists.

Invasive Species Control
A Master Naturalist tackles invasive plants along Fourche Creek. Photo: Susan Williamson
Fourche Creek Cleanup & BioBlitz Results, Kayak Winner
Fourche Creek

Fourche Creek Cleanup & BioBlitz Results

Learn what lurks in the heart of Fourche Bottoms.

Report Pollution Problems
Fourche Creek

Report Pollution Problems

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