AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: White River to be Designated Nation’s Second National Blueway

Officials to Unveil Series of New Initiatives to Support Existing Partnerships


Contact: Blake Androff (DOI) 202-208-6416
Courtney Rowe (USDA) 202-720-2971
Moira Kelley (Corps) 703-614-3992

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes will join Senator Mark Pryor, Congressman Tim Griffin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Terrence “Rock” Salt, and Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture Ann Mills, as well as other federal, state and local officials and conservation partners to announce that the White River, along with its watershed, has been designated the nation’s second National Blueway.

As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to establish a community-driven conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century, Wednesday’s designation will recognize the innovative partnerships that are working to conserve the White River across its watershed from the Ozarks to the Mississippi. Federal leaders will also announce a series of new initiatives aimed at supporting the new National Blueway.

WHO: David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Interior
Senator Mark Pryor
Congressman Tim Griffin
Terrence “Rock” Salt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works
Ann Mills, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources & Environment
Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Scott Simon, Director, Arkansas Office, The Nature Conservancy
Jim Stinson, Mayor, Clarendon, Arkansas
David Houghton, President, National Wildlife Refuge Association
Representatives of the states of Arkansas and Missouri
WHAT: National Blueway Recognition Ceremony for the White River and Watershed
WHEN: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Press check-in 11:45 a.m. CST
Event 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
WHERE: Salon A, Grand Ballroom
The Peabody Hotel of Little Rock
Three Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas
Credentialed Media are invited to cover this ceremony and are encouraged to RSVP to