The annual War Eagle Steward Award was presented to Kevin Shinn of the Huntsville High School EAST program by Daniel Godwin, Assistant Superintendent of Withrow Springs State Park, on Saturday, June 7, during War Eagle Appreciation Day. Huntsville High School EAST students have conducted a litter cleanup along Town Branch in the City of Huntsville for the past seven years. Through this effort, they have removed thousands of pounds of trash from Town Branch Creek, a tributary of War Eagle Creek. The students generated approximately $84,000 of volunteer community service hours over the history of this event.
“Stewards of our water resources, such as the Huntsville EAST Program, truly deserve to be recognized for their efforts, leadership, and labor,” said John Pennington, Executive Director of the Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA). BWA nominated the program for the award.
Awards are presented each year during War Eagle Appreciation Day, a community-wide event held at Withrow Springs State Park. The daylong gathering includes a family friendly float with education stations, music and food, and activities focused on the environment and community. Award winners receive an attractive metal sign that bears the War Eagle logo and identifies the recipient as a War Eagle Creek Steward. The program promotes awareness of the impact that land owners, residents, business owners/operators and other community members have on the watershed and recognizes those who have worked hard to protect the War Eagle Creek watershed by in some way by making a significant contribution to the water quality of the War Eagle. War Eagle is a tributary to Beaver Lake, drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.
War Eagle Appreciation Day occurs the first Saturday in June each year. Event partners and sponsors for 2014 included the William Rufus Stephens Jr. Memorial Fund, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Arkansas State Parks (Withrow Springs State Park & Hobbs State Park), Arkansas Master Naturalists, Lewis & Clark, War Eagle Mill, Arkansas Canoe Club, Madison County Search and Rescue, Huntsville Fire Department, Madison County Solid Waste and Recycling, Madison County Record, KTHS Radio, Madison Coffee House, Wal-Mart, Ma and Pa’s Bent & Dent, Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas, Ozarks Water Watch, and Beaver Water District.